Solvay | Butabarbital (Medication)


Butabarbital 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. Butabarbital is used for a short time to help you sleep. It may also be used to help calm you during periods of anxiety or before surgery. ...

Side Effect:

Side effects that may occur after using this drug, such as:stomach upset, headache, dry mouth, dry skin, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, decreased sweating, diarrhea, or constipation.

To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:mental/mood changes, muscle/nerve/joint pain. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:yellowing skin/eyes, dark/bloody urine, change in the amount of urine, difficulty urinating, stomach/abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, chills, easy bruising/bleeding, unusual tiredness, shortness of breath, fast/irregular heartbeat, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. ...


Before taking butabarbital, tell your doctor if you have any type of allergies or if you have:severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing disorder; liver disease; anemia (lack of red blood cells); a history of depression, mental illness, or suicide attempt; or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to butabarbital, aspirin, or any kind of yellow dye (coloring in food or medicines).

Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking butabarbital and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...