What is Nembutal?

Nembutal is the brand name for the drug Pentobarbital. It is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. Nembutal works by slowing the activity of the brain and nervous system. It is most commonly used short-term to treat insomnia. Nembutal is also used as an emergency treatment for seizures, and as pre-anesthetics for surgery.

Nembutal Abuse

Just like other barbiturate medications, Nembutal is not only used for medical purposes. Nembutal is controlled by the Federal Controlled Substances Act under DEA schedule II drug. It has a high risk of abuse and dependency. On the street it is known as nembies, where it is highly sought out by drug abusers.

Nembutal is extremely habit forming. Regular users of this drug can develop tolerance, psychological and physical dependence. Users, both those prescribed the medication and those taking its illegally, will often develop a dependency as a result of increases in dosage or decreases in dosage intervals without consulting a physician. Signs of a Nembutal addiction are similar to that of alcoholism.

What is Nembutal Used For?

Nembutal is used in the short term treatment of insomnia. Patients will take this drug over a two week period to induce sleep, at which point the patients sleep patterns should maintain on their own. Nembutal is also used in the emergency treatment of seizures, acting as an anticonvulsants in sub-hypnotic doses. Its seditive effects make Nembutal a primary drug used as a pre-anesthetic for most surgeries.

The Misuse of Nembutal

Nembutal has a high risk of abuse. Patients taking the medication can easily develop a tolerance, increasing their dose without consulting a physician. Many patients will continue using Nembutal longer than prescribed. This can lead to the patient developing a physical and psychological dependency. They will experience symptoms of withdrawal similar to that of an alcoholic when abruptly stopping the use of Nembutal.

Nembutal is also sought out by drug abusers for its sedative effects. Known on the street as nembies, it is bought and used by many people looking for similar sedative effects as high doses of alcohol or heroin. They too are at great risk of developing a tolerance, physical and psychological dependency to the drug.

Signs and Symptoms of Nembutal Abuse

A person addicted to Nembutal will show signs similar to that of an alcoholic. Their thoughts and actions will be consumed by the use of Nembutal. They will require the drug to induce sleep, or to simply relax. When they stop using the drug they will be overwhelmed by symptoms of withdrawal that often lead them back to Nembutal for relief.

Symptoms of Nembutal Withdrawal

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle twitching
  • Tremor of hands and fingers
  • Progressive weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Distortion of visual perception
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Orthostatic hypertension
  • Convulsions
  • Delirium

Symptoms of Nembutal withdrawal begin within 12 hours of the last dose, these symptoms are mild. Within 16 hours the patient will experience severe symptoms of withdrawal that can last up to 5 days. Within 15 days of the start of Nembutal withdrawal the patient should be fully detoxed and symptoms dissipate.

Patients withdrawing from Nembutal are recommending to seek medical treatment. These withdrawal symptoms can be severe and lead to physical and psychological damage, even resulting in death.

Nembutal Addiction Treatment

Nembutal withdrawal can be life threatening. Anyone who has developed a tolerance or dependency to this drug is recommended to seek medical attention immediately. The treatment the patient will receive varies on their individual needs. Their treatment needs will be determined after an intake assessment and physical examination. The patient may be advised to enter into a 24-7 rehab facility to work through the physical and psychological dependency they have developed towards Nembutal.

Most patients that are dependent on Nembutal because they have difficulties sleeping. During their treatment they will learn specific tools such as yoga, meditation and exercise to help them maintain normal sleep patterns. A change in diet and nutrition, decrease in caffeine intake, creating new sleeping patterns and counseling will help aid the patient to maintain proper sleep patterns when completing the program.