Barbiturates

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Barbiturates are CNS depressants that primarily act on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and GABA A receptors. When GABA binds to GABA A, chloride channels open and allow the influx of chloride ions, which decrease the membrane potential and inhibit the neuron's action potential. They are used as sedatives, hypnotics, anesthetics, and anticonvulsants. Prolonged use can lead to physical tolerance and dependence, which has caused a significant decrease in their use over time. However, certain uses are still common, such as phenobarbital for refractory seizure disorders, butalbital for analgesia, and thiopental for anesthesia.

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Blood

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Purpose of the test

The Barbiturates Test is designed to detect the presence and levels of barbiturates in the body. Barbiturates are drugs that act as central nervous system depressants, producing effects ranging from mild sedation to total anesthesia. They have been used for various treatments, including as hypnotics, anxiolytics, and anticonvulsants. The test can determine if there's an overdose of barbiturates and helps in understanding the level of the drug in the human body.

Who Should Get Tested

Individuals who have symptoms such as drowsiness, coma, sluggishness, abnormal breathing, or altered mental status might need this test. It's also essential for those who are suspected of having an overdose of barbiturates or for monitoring therapeutic levels of the drug.

Preparing for the Test
Fasting
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Depending on the type of cholesterol test, you may be required to fast for 9 to 12 hours before the test. This means avoiding all food and drinks except water. Fasting is usually required for a lipid panel, which measures LDL and HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Medications
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Inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications and supplements, as they can affect your test results.
Alcohol
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Avoid alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours before the test, as alcohol can raise triglyceride levels.
Exercise
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Avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours before the test, as this can also affect cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Smoking
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Avoid smoking or using any nicotine products for at least 30 minutes before the test, as they can temporarily increase cholesterol levels.
Follow instructions
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Follow any specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider, such as the time of day to take the test or any dietary restrictions.
Interpreting Test Results

The test results will indicate the level of barbiturate in the blood. There are different types of barbiturates, and the normal values vary depending on the type. For instance, short-acting barbiturates have a normal range of 1 to 2 mcg/ml, while long-acting ones range from 15 to 40 mcg/ml. Elevated levels might indicate an overdose or prolonged use, which can have harmful effects on the body both mentally and physically.

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