Drugs Q & A

Is Xanax Classified As A Barbiturate ?

A barbiturate is a drug that acts as a central nervous system depressant, it is a kind of depressant or sedative drug. They are an old class of drugs used to relax the body and help people sleep. These drugs were first developed in the late 19th century. The use of barbiturates as a recreational drug then became popular in the 1960s and 1970s, leading to abuse in some cases.

Use and abuse have declined greatly in recent years, however. This decline is mainly due to the development of newer, safer drug alternatives.

Barbiturates carry a risk of psychological and physical addiction. The risk of a fatal overdose is higher with barbiturates than other drugs as the difference between a safe dose and a deadly one is small.

A class of drugs known as benzodiazepines has largely replaced barbiturates for both medical and recreational use, although benzodiazepines also carry a high risk of physical dependence and other adverse effects. 

Is Xanax A Barbiturate

Is Xanax A Barbiturate?

No, Xanax is a brand of alprazolam a benzodiazepine that works by enhancing the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Generic Xanax is also available as the brand-name medications Xanax and Xanax XR. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. Generic blue, green, and yellow Xanax are considered to be just as safe and effective as the original drug but tend to cost less.

Xanax is prescribed for the treatment of anxiety disorders and anxiety caused by depression. Xanax is also used to treat panic disorders with or without a fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment (agoraphobia).

Xanax is a federally controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Xanax should be kept in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Xanax may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your healthcare provider if you have abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs.

Do barbiturates and benzodiazepines share similarities?

Yes, barbiturates and benzodiazepines both inhibit central nervous system (CNS) activity. Although benzodiazepines have largely replaced the older barbiturates in clinical and recreational use, both drug classes share similarities and are of toxicological relevance.

Barbiturates are available under the following different brand names: amobarbital (Amytal), secobarbital (Seconal), butabarbital (Butisol), pentobarbital (Nembutal), belladonna and phenobarbital (Donnatal), butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine (Esgic, Fioricet), and butalbital/aspirin/caffeine (Fiorinal Ascomp, Fortabs).

The most common benzodiazepines are the prescription drugs Xanax, Valium, Halcion, Ativan, and Klonopin.

Can you take barbiturates and benzodiazepine together?

No, combining or mixing central nervous system depressant drugs, such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates, can result in serious consequences that may have long-term effects on quality of life or be fatal.

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