Barbiturate Abuse (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care for Barbiturate Abuse
The doctor cannot give appropriate treatment for barbiturate abuse over the telephone. Observation at a hospital emergency department is necessary.
If you believe someone has taken barbiturates inappropriately, take him or her to a hospital emergency department for evaluation by a doctor. Soon after taking barbiturates, a person may only be drowsy or seem intoxicated, but more serious symptoms can develop quickly and unpredictably.
Diagnosis of Barbiturate Abuse
A urine test can readily identify barbiturate use. Diagnosis in a hospital emergency department, however, concentrates on diagnosing other potential reasons for the person to be drowsy or display symptoms characteristic of barbiturate abuse, such as other drugs taken, head injury, stroke, infection, or shock. These diagnostic efforts take place while the person is being treated.
In general, the person will have an IV started and blood will be drawn. An ECG (electrocardiogram) will be performed to evaluate the person's heart. Other diagnostic efforts depend on the specific situation.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2016
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