Alternate Names : Intoxication with Barbiturates, Barbiturate Overdose
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
Barbiturate intoxication is like alcohol intoxication in many ways. For instance, it:
makes a person less alert
dulls a person's sense of pain
decreases a person's deep tendon reflexes, which is a reflex of a muscle when its tendon is tapped with a finger or rubber hammer
slows a person's breathing
Severe intoxication can cause coma and loss of all reflexes except the pupillary light reflex, which is a reaction of the pupils in the eye to light. Body temperature and blood pressure may also become very low.