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Butalbital

Sounds Like: byoo.tal.buh.tl

Classification: barbiturate

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: III

Other names for Butalbital

  • Barbs
  • Blockbusters
  • Christmas Trees
  • Downers
  • Pinks
  • Red Devils
  • Yellow Jackets

Butalbital Addiction

Butalbital is a controlled substance, in part, because of its propensity for causing dependence and addiction. The substance by itself can cause intoxication as well, but it’s commonly mixed with other substances for desired effects whether in medical use or recreational use. WHen mixed with alcohol or benzodiazepines, for example, the likelihood of intoxication is considerably higher, and that intoxication is far more significant also. However, butalbital goes further to constrict or depress the respiratory system. Combining its use with the consumption of alcohol is also particularly more dangerous because both independently deal damage to the liver and, thus, compound their liver toxicity contributions when used together.

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Intended Use of Butalbital

In pharmacology, butalbital is often combined with acetaminophen to create paracetamol, which has been branded under such trade names as Bucet, Phrenilin and Forte, among others. Also branded as Axocet and Dolgic, for example, this combo is used to treat fever and mild pain. Certain forms of Tylenol are, in fact, paracetamol. Conversely, butalbital can be combined with caffeine or codeine to make any of several other branded medications. In general, these are used to treat headaches or other mild-to-moderate pain.

How Butalbital Is Taken

Butalbital is taken either in pill or liquid form through the mouth and swallowed to ingest.

Side Effects of
Butalbital

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • intoxication
  • light-headedness
  • nausea
  • respiratory depression
  • sedation
  • euphoria
  • diarrhea
  • memory loss
  • constipation
  • anaphylaxis or life-threatening allergic reaction

Signs of an
Addiction to Butalbital

Feeling unable to function without using butalbital.

Unsuccessful attempts to stop using butalbital.

Prioritizing use of butalbital over spending time with family or friends.

Continued use of butalbital despite adverse or negative consequences.

Butalbital
Abuse Facts

Despite being used to treat headaches, Butalbital brings a risk that episodic headaches may become chronic if treated with Butalbital.

No double-blind study has been recorded and replicated to prove that Butalbital’s efficacy against headaches is more than a placebo effect.

Tolerance of the substance develops very quickly, which allows dependence to develop equally quickly.