Barbiturates (Seconal, Nembutal, Tuinal)
Does anyone know how many barbiturate drugs (Namely Seconal, Nembutal, Tuinal and Amytal) are prescribed anymore, and if so, still only as hypnotics? Do pharmacies even stock them? I know many docs write for Ambien, Lunesta & meds of that ilk all the time, but what about barbs? I searched high and low and found only one company (Ranbaxy) that manufactures Seconal and Tuinal capsules. http://www.ranbaxyusa.com/generic/products.htm. I understand that they fell out of favor in the 1970's with the introduction of benzodiazepines like Valium & Librium, but I didn't even know they were still being produced. I rarely, rarely hear about them, and several pharmacies I've called to inquire about them seemed to have no idea what I was talking about. I've heard stories from people alive "back them" (late 60's/early 70's) who almost universally wax eloquent on the ability of them to induce sleep, but did the fact that at the same time many overdosed on them by taking too many cause them to fall out of favor? If so, why didn't the FDA just take them off the market, like they did with Quaalude? Being an insomniac almost all my life who has tried pretty much every sleeping pill known to man, I've always been fascinated with the mythology of them and figured here was as good a place to ask as any, especially since I keep forgetting to ask my doctor about them when I see him.