Barbiturates

Barbiturates are depressants that produce a wide spectrum of central nervous system depression from mild sedation to coma. They also have been used as sedatives, hypnotics, anesthetics, and anticonvulsants.

Barbiturates are classified as: Ultrashort, Short, Intermediate, Long-acting.

Drugs with similar effects include: Alcohol, benzodiazepines like Valium® and Xanax®, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, Rohypnol®, and GHB.

Barbiturates are Schedule II, III, and IV depressants under the Controlled Substances Act.

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