Secobarbital is a barbiturate derivative drug that possesses anesthetic, sedative, anticonvulsant and hypnotic properties. The substance is generally indicated for the treatment of epilepsy, temporary insomnia and to produce anesthesia and anxiolysis in minimally painful, short surgical procedures.
The drug is a prescription drug and is manufactured and marketed under many trade names. Eli Lilly and Company brand name for Secobarbital is Seconal. The manufacturer is a worldwide renowned pharmaceutical company, the first to mass-produce penicillin, one of the first to produce human insulin and currently one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of medications in the world. The company headquarters in U.S. Indianapolis, Indiana.
The company has discontinued production in 2001 due to its usage on a diminishing scale. However it is still available under other brand names (Amytal, Nembutal, etc).
Secobarbital includes the following ingredients: Secobarbital sodium, dimethicone, FD&C Red No. 3, FD&C Yellow No. 10, gelatin, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized starch, and titanium dioxide.
Secobarbital is part of a drug class called barbiturates, that act as central nervous system depressants, and consequently produce a wide spectrum of effects, ranging from mild sedation to total anesthesia.
It is an active substance in prescription drugs and should only be taken on doctor’s orders. It is a habit-forming drug, therefore extreme caution is needed during treatment: it should never be taken for longer periods or in higher doses than prescribed.
The drug may cause severe allergic reactions (difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat), in which case you are advised to get immediate medical help. Side effects include slow heartbeat, restless muscle movement in the eyes, neck or jaw, fever, soar throat, sores inside the mouth, ongoing nightmares, etc.
Precautions refer to pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant, people who suffer from porphyria, breathing disorders (such as severe asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder), liver diseases, heart diseases, anemia, seizure disorders, etc
- FDA Approved
- Proved effectiveness
- Large scale use.
- Serious side effects that may interfere with your normal activity
- Habit forming.
The drug is a prescription medication and should be taken accordingly. Due to its habit forming nature, special precautions must be taken in order to avoid addiction. The product should also be kept away from people with a drug or alcohol abuse history.
Also, the drug is associated to a list of severe side effects and of precautions, therefore a complete medical evaluation is needed before starting treatment.
Clinical tests have shown effectiveness in the short-term treatment of insomnia, but suggested that it is of limited value for insomniac patients who require nightly medication beyond a period of one week.