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The Effects of Butalbital and Addiction Treatment

 In Addiction, Addiction Recovery, Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Butalbital is a barbiturate that has sedating effects. It is intended to help with severe or tension headaches when prescribed by a doctor; however, because of its relaxing effects, it is abused and taken in higher doses than prescribed, thus creating addictions. Butalbital addictions are extremely dangerous and sometimes even fatal. If you are abusing Butalbital, do not wait until too late. Many addiction resources are ready to help you make a full recovery and regain control of your life. A rehab center may be beneficial for you. 

Side Effects of Butalbital Abuse

Like most barbiturates, Butalbital affects the central nervous system and brain. When a user takes too high of a dose, the effects can appear similar to alcohol abuse. The list of side effects is extensive:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Sedation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling intoxicated
  • Confusion
  • Tired
  • Weakness
  • Mood swings
  • Poor coordination 
  • Severe skin reactions 
  • Shakiness 
  • Fainting 
  • Seizures
  • Hot spells 
  • Numbness
  • Bruising 
  • Bleeding 
  • Stomach pain

Abusers of Butalbital are likely to build up a tolerance. Because of this, they tend to mix Butalbital with other depressants to maintain their high. Mixing Butalbital with depressants is extremely dangerous and increases the risk of overdose. An untreated Butalbital overdose can be drastically life-altering or even fatal. Some of the signs of overdose include the following: 

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent nausea 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting 
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Respiratory depression
  • Severe dizziness
  • Slurred speech 
  • Ringing in ears 

Butalbital Addiction Treatment

Withdrawal and detox from Butalbital is not something that should be managed on your own. The withdrawal symptoms are extensive and can even be fatal if not handled properly. Some withdrawal symptoms include seizures, psychosis, tremors, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, etc. After drug detox, it is beneficial to go to inpatient rehab or intensive outpatient rehabilitation treatment center. There, the round-the-clock staff will help with your addiction recovery process, where you will learn life skills, coping mechanisms, and relapse prevention. Away from the distractions of everyday life, you will be able to focus solely on your recovery. Other treatment options include behavioral therapy, support groups, individual counseling, 12step programs, and sober living homes. Tell your doctor and see your next steps to addiction recovery if you or a loved one is abusing Butalbital. 

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