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Sounds Like: nem.BYOU.tall

Classification: Barbiturate

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II & III

Other names for Nembutal

  • yellow jackets
  • pentobarbital

Nembutal Addiction

Pentobarbital, the generic form of Nembutal, is a key drug in capital punishment executions in the US. It’s also used in physician-assisted suicides in some European countries and US states. The pill is a depressant that can be used to manage convulsions in emergency situations. One can abuse the pills readily, and they have a long history of being used for non-medical recreational purposes.

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Intended Use of Nembutal

The generic form is used for lethal injections during capital punishment executions in the US. When used medically, Nembutal is prescribed for sedative and anti-convulsive purposes.

How Nembutal Is Taken

Nembutal is taken either as an injection or in a pill form. Pentobarbital also comes in a generic pill form.

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Side Effects of

As a central nervous system depressant, pentobarbital depresses the sensory cortex, decreases motor activity, alters cerebellar function, and produces drowsiness, sedation, and hypnosis.

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Addiction to Nembutal

Nembutal can be habit-forming when dosing is left unchecked. The pill form was heavily used for many years by those abusing “yellow jackets,” a colloquialism referring to the appearance of the 50/100 mg pill form. When abused, Nembutal can produce the following symptoms:

  • Unsteady gait
  • slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • poor judgment
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia

Withdrawal can produce the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • muscle twitching
  • tremor of hands and fingers
  • progressive weakness
  • Dizziness
  • distortion in visual perception
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Convulsions
  • Delirium

Abuse Facts

Aside from being a popular execution drug in prisons, pentobarbital is used in some countries for physician-assisted suicide.

Those addicted to the pill form use it non-medically for its depressant properties.