Short Essay On Barbiturates

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Barbiturates are a drug prescribed to help with anxiety, insomnia, and seizure disorders. They are not very prescribed nowadays due to the fact that benzodiazepines are safer but still addictive. Barbiturates are in multiple categories depending on how long their effects last. The categories are Ultra short term which is quick to take effect but wear off fast. The second category and third category are short-acting and intermediate-acting which are both faster to take effect and longer lasting, the fourth category is Long-Acting which are slow to take effect but long-lived they can take up to an hour to take effect but can last up to 12 hours. Barbiturates are legal with a note from the doctor but they are rarely prescribed due to the fact there are other drugs less as dangerous. There are some legal…show more content…
Barbituric acid is the parent compound of barbiturate drugs, although barbituric acid itself is not pharmacologically active. The compound was discovered by the German chemist Adolf von Baeyer on December 4, 1864, the feast of Saint Barbara. One class of barbiturate derivatives is called thiobarbiturates, which contain a sulphur molecule in place of one of the oxygens. The most important member of this class is sodium pentothal, which is used as an intravenous anesthetic from which recovery is rapid and which has the advantage of having very little or no side effects. Barbiturates come in many forms, it also depends on which barbiturate it is. Most barbiturates in the united states come in pills that the patient swallows, they also come in form of a liquid which the patient would also swallow. The other ways to use this drug are to get it in powder form which then you inject straight into the vein there's also ways through your rectum. To keep this short and to the I will only be listing 10 nicknames: Purple hearts, rainbows, Christmas trees, blockbusters, yellow jackets, goofballs, blue evans, blue devils, barbs, and

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