Barbiturates: Ingestion methods

Last modified: Thursday, 25. December 2008 - 6:07 am

In the United States, barbiturates are manufactured in various forms. Most barbiturates come in pills and capsules that patients swallow. Some barbiturates are manufactured as an elixir, a liquid form of the drug that patients swallow.

Other barbiturates are manufactured as a powder that is injected into the patient’s vein. In addition, pentobarbital is manufactured as a suppository that is inserted in the rectum. Pentobarbital is also available in capsule, tablet, elixir, and injection dosages. Phenobarbital is produced in capsule, tablet, injection, and elixir dosages.

Amobarbital is manufactured in pill, capsule, and injection dosages. Butabarbital is manufactured in capsule, tablet, and elixir dosages. Secobarbital is produced in capsule and injection dosages.

Aprobarbital is an elixir, mephobarbital is a tablet, and the drug containing secobarbital and amobarbital is a capsule. Legally prescribed barbiturates and those used in medical procedures are used in the form that the drug is produced. Some drug abusers will inject powder from capsules or ground-up tablets.

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