This medication is used for a short time (no more than 2 weeks) to treat sleeping problems (insomnia). It may also be used to calm you just before surgery. Secobarbital belongs to a class of drugs known as barbiturate hypnotics. It works by affecting certain parts of the brain to cause drowsiness and calm you.
How To Use
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking secobarbital and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
For sleep, take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach, immediately before you go to bed or as directed by your doctor. Only take this medication if you have time for a full night's sleep. For use before surgery, take as directed by your doctor.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
If you are taking this medication for sleep, take it only when you need help falling asleep. Taking it regularly will make the drug work less well over time. Do not take more of this medication than prescribed. Doing so may increase side effects. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as anxiety, vivid dreams, shaking hands/fingers, twitching, trouble sleeping) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. Withdrawal from secobarbital can be severe and include hallucinations, seizures and (rarely) death. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.
Along with its benefits, this medication may rarely cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction). This risk may be increased if you have abused alcohol or drugs in the past. Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lessen the risk of addiction.
Inform your doctor if your condition (difficulty falling asleep) persists or worsens after 7 to 10 days.