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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One day

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Collect material:

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.

Blood Test Preparation Guidelines
Time of day
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It is recommended to schedule your appointment for blood tests in the morning hours between 7:00-10:00.
Fasting
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It is recommended to fast for approximately 12 hours before blood sampling. The last meal of the previous day should ideally be consumed around 6:00 p.m. On the day before the test, avoid heavy and fatty meals as well as alcohol.
Stay hydrated
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Drinking water prior to testing can help with sample collection.
Other factors
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Tests should not be performed after a sleepless night or intense physical activity. It is recommended to avoid exercise and stress immediately before blood collection and to not smoke. A short rest is recommended.
Medications and supplements:
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Blood samples should be collected before the morning dose. Some drugs can interfere with test results. Consult with your doctor whether you can delay your dose because of lab tests.
Biotin supplements:
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High doses of biotin supplements can affect test results, causing false elevation or reduction. It's recommended to avoid taking biotin for at least 72 hours before blood collection. If you are taking biotin, inform the personnel collecting the blood so that they can provide specific instructions.
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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