Amytal Addiction

Amytal is the brand name of the drug amobarbital, a barbiturate used to treat anxiety, epilepsy, and insomnia. Because the drug can cause severe addictive effects, however, it should never be misused or taken in a way other than prescribed.

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Understanding Amytal Abuse

The drug is meant to be used in small doses as a treatment for the issues listed above, but unfortunately, as stated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, it is also a depressant that can “produce a wide spectrum of central nervous system depression from mild sedation to coma.” Amytal should never be taken in large doses, but because it can cause sedation and euphoria, it is frequently abused. This makes the drug dangerous and is the reason why it is listed as a Schedule II substance.

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Those who abuse Amytal are hoping to experience euphoria, especially by trying to fight the sedative effects of the drug. But overdose, dependence, tolerance, and addiction can all occur as a result of this abuse, as well as severe withdrawal symptoms that are similar to those caused by delirium tremens. It is important to never take larger doses of Amytal than prescription, to take it more often than prescribed, or to take it without a prescription.

Signs and Symptoms of Amytal Abuse


Sluggishness is a common side effect of Amytal abuse.

The symptoms of Amytal abuse are very similar to those of being drunk. Drowsiness, slurring of one’s speech, and confusion are all common. According to the Open Chemistry Database, other symptoms of Amytal use include:

  • Sluggishness
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Lack of inhibition
  • A slowing down of the central nervous system

The frequent use of barbiturates can also lead to mood disturbances as well as tolerance and dependence. According to the medical journal Annali Italiani di Medicina Interna, “Barbiturates can produce psychological and physical dependence and produce a withdrawal syndrome on the second to fourth day after the drug is suspended.” The effects can include:

  • Hyperthermia
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis

Those individuals who have been abusing the drug for a long time should not suddenly stop using it, as these effects can be deadly. However, the many symptoms of Amytal abuse are easy to recognize and should be a sign that your loved one needs help immediately.

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Amytal Addiction

Addiction to Amytal is possible, and the serious effects associated with the drug are likely to come on more quickly. However, the National Library of Medicine states, “Tolerance to the mood-altering effects of barbiturates develops rapidly with repeated use,” but “tolerance to the lethal effects develops more slowly,” putting an individual that frequently abuses Amytal at serious risk of overdose. Unfortunately, once someone becomes addicted to the drug, they will not be able to stop, even if made aware of this risk, and many will not want to stop at all.

Amytal abuse can quickly cause addiction because it changes the way the brain works over time. And taking large doses of the drug along with other addictive substances, such as alcohol, can only increase the likelihood of this change. As such, many individuals participate in this behavior, which can lead to a strong need for rehab treatment.

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Amytal Addiction Treatment

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Amytal addiction treatment, first and foremost, requires a safe detox from the drug using medications. Patients should not withdraw from the medication all at once, as it can cause serious and dangerous symptoms.

Once withdrawal has ended, behavioral therapies are usually at the forefront of treatment. Patients learn how to recognize why they began using Amytal in the first place as well as coping mechanisms to use for the future. Any anxiety disorders or other comorbid issues associated with one’s addiction should also be assessed and treated in rehab.

Seek Treatment Today

Amytal is prescribed for the treatment of a number of serious disorders, but those who begin abusing it are putting themselves at great risk. It is never too late to seek help for Amytal addiction, and we can help you find the best rehab program for your particular situation. Call 800-654-0987 now to begin your recovery as soon as possible.