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Barbiturate Abuse (cont.)

Barbiturate Abuse Treatment

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.

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