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It is used to help you relax for sleep
               



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What is this medicine?

BUTABARBITAL (byoo ta BAR bi tal) is a barbiturate. It is used to help you relax for sleep.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • acute or chronic pain
  • attempted suicide
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • if you frequently drink alcohol containing drinks
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease
  • mental depression
  • porphyria
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to butabarbital, other barbiturates, tartrazine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • other barbituates
  • voriconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol or medicines that contain alcohol
  • antihistamines
  • doxycycline
  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills
  • griseofulvin
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for sleep
  • muscle relaxants
  • narcotic medicines for pain
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
  • warfarin

               
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