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So my doc did a full lab work up on me because I was in-patient last week. After viewing the results, he informed me that they found barbiturates in my bloodwork and what did I know about that?

I looked him blankly. Blink. Blink. Hell, I didn't even know what a Barbiturate WAS. I saw on the handy-dandy internet that some have been used as anti-convulsants, but none of them were listed on this site. Anyway, just wondering if anyone had any ideas, no matter how implausable, as to why this would be. I hate to think my pdoc thinks I lie to him.

Thanks,

Sam

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what meds are you taking?????????????????????/

What over the counter drugs are you taking?

What herbal supplements or vitamin or nutritional supplements are you taking???

Any street drugs?

Were you hanging out in bars/raves/parties where someone might dope your drink?

Impossible to even discuss this without any information.

a.m.

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benzos pretty much replaced barbituates, but they are still used...

phenobarbital is still used when someone goes into status or is a treatment resistant epileptic. and primidone is more commonly used and is metabolized into phenobarbital and phenylethylmalonamide (though primidone is used much less today than it was 10 years ago, but it is still used.)

um, if you have migranes sometimes they'll prescribe fiorinal (the barbituate butalbital, tylenol and caffeine) or fioricet (made with asprin instead of tylenol.)

then there are some sleep medications, etc. but they aren't used that often.

really unless you are a severe epileptic the most common way i'd think you'd have gotten them was accidental while ingesting something illegal or if you have migranes and are rx'd fiorinal.

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Just to get the 'What' answered...

Barbiturates are drugs that are Central Nervous System, CNS, depressants. They have been used as anticonvulsants, hypnotics, sedatives and for anesthesia. They were widely used during the first half of the 20th century. All drugs of this class are DEA Scheduled drugs under close control.

They are quite powerful and have the potential for addiction and for tolerance. Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix all died from barbiturate overdoses. The benzodiazepene drugs, e.g. Valium, Librium etc, were developed to be less dangerous alternatives.

Some common members of this group include: Sodium Amytal, Phenobarbital (Luminal), Secobarbital (Seconal), Nembutal, Sombulex, Fiorinal.

Depending on which drug was ingested, it could take more than two weeks for all of the drug to leave your body, so exposure could have been quite some time before you were tested.

Given this info, it would appear the only way you would have consumed a barbiturate is through some illegal means such as street drug use, adulterated drink, or through an improper food supplement. These are not benign drugs, and I would expect that you would have noticed the sedating effects if you had taken them.

Perhaps someone else has some ideas on sources.

a.m.

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Oh heyyy. Dolgic Plus for migraines. I think it has barbitruates in it, huh? I had a headache not too long ago I think and that would explain it. I haven't taken it in a long time but I think I did the other day.

Wow. I NEVER would have thought of that. Thank you both SO much. You jogged my memory. It is crazy how sometimes you forget the drugs you put into your body.

Just to add stuff I should have put in my orginal post, these are my recently adjusted meds: Lamictal 150mg, Depakote 1000mg, um...450 mg Wellbutrin, 30mg Lexapro, 10mg Ambien (just for a little bit), and Xanax PRN. I am a regular pharmacy!

I was worried that posting in this weird spot might not get responses. Thank you SO much. Now I can 'splain

to my doctor and he won't think I am party girl or something!

Sam

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