Nembutal (brand name Pentobarbital) is a prescription barbiturate, a class of drugs called central nervous system (CNS) depressants. It is used in the treatment of seizures and insomnia, as well as a surgical general anesthetic. The drug has a calming sedative effect that makes it popular as an anti-anxiety and sleep-inducing prescription.
Barbiturates work by suppressing the central nervous system, slowing brain functions affecting parts of the body which control voluntary actions. With increased dosage, barbiturates affect a person's automatic, unconscious functions, such as breathing and heart rate. It is in this way that barbiturate abuse and addiction is dangerous.
Many people who end up abusing Nembutal started out misusing their own legitimate prescription for the drug. However, abuse of this medication can have fatal consequences. Sleeping pills remain the most commonly prescribed barbiturate, with an approximate 19 million scripts being written for them every year, per the Global Information Network About Drugs. Nembutal is habit-forming, and RxList notes the potential for addiction being likely in users who take more than 400 mg of the drug every day for at least 90 days, pointing out that most addicts take a daily dose of about 1.5 grams.
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