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Barbiturate Intoxication

Alternate Names : Intoxication with Barbiturates, Barbiturate Overdose

Barbiturate Intoxication | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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.

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    Barbiturate Intoxication: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 09/19/01

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