Butabarbital - Drug Information

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General Information on Butabarbital

Generic Name : Butabarbital

Pronunciation : byoo ta bar' bi tal

Latest prescription information about Butabarbital. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y47.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Sedative-hypnotic Drugs

Trade Names/Brand Names of Butabarbital

International- Butalan, Buticaps, Butisol.

Why is Butabarbital Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a barbiturate, prescribed for short-term treatment of insomnia. It is also used to relieve anxiety.  It works by slowing activity in the brain.

When should Butabarbital not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with history of manifest or latent porphyria and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

What is the dosage of Butabarbital?

Usual adult dosage- Daytime sedative - 15 to 30 mg, 3 or 4 times daily.
Bedtime hypnotic - 50 to 100 mg.
Preoperative sedative - 50 to 100 mg, 60 to 90 minutes before surgery.
Usual pediatric dosage- Preoperative sedative - 2 to 6 mg/kg maximum 100 mg.

How should Butabarbital be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Butabarbital?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of asthma or any condition that causes shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, depression, seizures, kidney or liver diseases, alcohol abuse, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Patient may perform certain activities like driving their cars, preparing and eating food, having sex, making phone calls in partially sleepy mood without their knowledge. If it so consult with your doctor.
Monitor complete blood cell counts, kidney and liver functions regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Butabarbital?

   Most Common : Drowsiness.
   Central nervous system : Agitation, confusion, hyperactivity, involuntary movement, CNS depression, abnormal dreams, nervousness, mental disturbances, hallucinations, sleeplessness, anxiety and abnormal thinking.
   Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing.
   Heart : Slow heart rate, low blood pressure and fainting.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting and constipation.
   Miscellaneous : Headache, severe allergic reactions, fever and liver damage.

What are the other precautions for Butabarbital?

Avoid long-term use of this drug; otherwise patient may get addicted to this drug.
Avoid excess dosage.
If there is no improvement in your condition after 1-week period of treatment, consult with your doctor.

What are the storage conditions of Butabarbital?

Store it at controlled room temperature 20-25C. Keep this medication in an airtight container and keep away from children.

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