Drug information of Benzobarbital
Barbiturates are a class of drugs that were used extensively in the 1960s and 1970s as a treatment for anxiety, insomnia, and seizure disorders.
Mechanism of effect
Barbiturates are known as central nervous system depressants. They enhance the action of GABA, a neurotransmitter that inhibits the activity of nerve cells in the brain.
Barbiturates are also highly addictive and there is a high chance of becoming emotionally and physically dependent on them if you take them for more than a couple of weeks. In addition, tolerance quickly develops with their use (within two weeks). This is when the same dose no longer gives the same effect, and a dosage increase is needed to ease symptoms again.
Abrupt discontinuation of barbiturates in people who have been taking them for longer than one month can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, such as hallucinations, a high fever, and seizures.