Amytal Withdrawal Symptoms

If you are struggling with Amytal withdrawal symptoms, learn how detox and rehab at White Sands Treatment center can help you.

If you have been abusing Amytal and think its okay, there are a few things you should know about the medication. Amytal is a barbiturate derivative of Amobarbital and is used for its sedative-hypnotic and pre-anesthetic qualities. It is highly addictive and your body can build up a tolerance to the drug within weeks of use. The use of Amytal should never be stopped suddenly because it can produce dangerous, even life-threatening, Amytal withdrawal symptoms.

Amytal affects the central nervous system and alters brain function that produces drowsiness and sedation in its users. Many of the street names for the drug often reflect some of the qualities of the drug, such as:

  • Red Devils, Reds, Red Birds, Pinks
  • Blue Birds, Blue Velvet, Blue Heaven, Blues
  • Goofballs, Blockbusters, Yellow Jackets
  • Downers, Christmas Trees, Barbs

Anyone who abuses Amytal can become physically and psychologically addicted to the drug, which is classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Schedule II controlled substance. Some effects of Amytal include:

  • Depression, confusion, agitation, mental disturbances, hallucinations, strange dreams
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
  • Shortness of breath, lowered heart rate and blood pressure, liver damage
  • Drunken behavior, slurred speech, fainting, amnesia, loss of motor coordination

Abuse of Amytal occurs when a person takes more of the drug than the recommended dosage or takes the drug sooner than the recommended time-frame. This behavior can cause the body to build up a tolerance to the drug, as it slowly adapts to the presence of the drugs in the body. Once tolerance has occurred, the person will have to take more of the drug to reach the same desired effects as before. This drug increase can cause the user to become physically and psychologically addicted. And if levels of the drug become overly toxic to the body an overdose can occur. Drunken behavior and coma are signs of an overdose, and the person should receive immediate medical help. The after-effects of an overdose coma can cause heart or kidney failure, pneumonia, and pulmonary edema to occur. Barbiturates addiction can be life-threatening, and anyone who is experiencing Amytal abuse problems should seek immediate professional help to get off the drug.

Withdrawing from Amytal should only be done under the care of addiction specialists who are familiar with the drug’s addiction and withdrawal qualities. An Amytal detox can produce dangerous Amytal withdrawal symptoms that only medical professionals are prepared to handle. A medically supervised Amytal detox, at a drug treatment center, is recommended for anyone who is trying to stop using the drug.

The medical team at the rehab center can gradually remove the Amytal from your body in small increments, to help keep Amytal withdrawal symptoms under control. The team will monitor you and assist you throughout the Amytal detox process. You may be given medications to help alleviate many of the Amytal withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings that occur during this phase of treatment. But the most important thing to remember is that the medical team will keep you safe and stable until you successfully complete the Amytal detox process.

Amytal withdrawal symptoms can begin within 12 to 20 hours after taking the last dose of the drug. Within 24 hours you may begin to experience Amytal withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety, paranoia,
  • Muscle pain, tremors, headache, dizziness
  • Vomiting, severe abdominal cramps, sweating

Amytal withdrawal symptoms usually begin to peak within 24 to 72 hours, and can include:

  • High fever, delirium, confusion, psychosis, hallucinations
  • Nightmares, insomnia, shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat, seizures, hypothermia, heart failure, circulatory system failure

The sudden cessation of Amytal can cause death; therefore it is of utmost importance that you receive a medically supervised Amytal detox at a drug treatment center where you will be kept stable and safe. You can overcome barbiturates addiction when you have the proper help and support. If you are addicted to Amytal, contact a drug treatment center today to begin your recovery treatment.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.