Barbiturate Abuse (cont.)
Self-Care at Home
There is no home treatment for barbiturate abuse. If you believe someone has taken barbiturates inappropriately, take him or her to the hospital for evaluation by a doctor immediately.
- Barbiturates have a narrow therapeutic index and can cause coma or death if taken inappropriately. This is especially true in children and in elderly people.
- Because children are smaller and weigh less than adults, even small doses of barbiturates could be life threatening.
- Elderly people can be more sensitive to barbiturates and develop a coma with small doses.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/22/2014
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