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Barbiturate Abuse (cont.)

Prognosis of Barbiturate Abuse

With aggressive treatment in the hospital, most people survive. But even with intensive therapy, some who overdose will die.

A person's outcome, also called prognosis, after abusing barbiturates depends on a number of factors.

  • Other drugs that were ingested
  • Other medical problems the person has
  • How quickly the person received medical attention
  • Which barbiturate the person abused (see overdose)

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