What are the side effects of barbiturates?
Common side effects of barbiturates are:
Barbiturates can slow breathing, reduce heart rate, and they can be habit forming.
What drugs interact with barbiturates?
Barbiturates should be used with caution with some medications because they accelerate the breakdown of these medications leading to decreased effectiveness. Examples of these medications that interact with barbiturates include:
- atazanavir (Reyataz),
- boceprevir (Victrelis),
- lurasidone (Latuda),
- ranolazine (Ranexa),
- telaprevir (Incivek),
- voriconazole, (Vfend), and
- ritonavir (Norvir).
Concomitant use of barbiturates and other central nervous system depressant medications should be used with caution because concomitant use can lead to excessive sedation, lethargy, and in severe cases coma and death. Examples of these medications that should be used with caution with other central nervous system depressant medications such as:
- alprazolam (Xanax),
- clonazepam (Klonopin),
- diazepam (Valium),
- zolpidem (Ambien), and
- zaleplon (Sonata).
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