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Butabarbital Sodium Oral solution

What is this medicine?

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

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

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. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. 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.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

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

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups.

Do not take this medicine unless you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again. You may not be able to remember things that you do in the hours after you take this medicine. Some people have reported driving, making phone calls, or preparing and eating food while asleep after taking sleep medicine. Take this medicine right before going to sleep. Tell your doctor if you are have any problems with your memory.

If you have been taking this medicine for a long time, do not suddenly stop taking it because you may develop a severe reaction. Your body becomes used to the medicine. This does NOT mean you are addicted. Addiction is a behavior related to getting and using a drug for a nonmedical reason. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • agitation, confusion, irritability

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • feeling faint, lightheaded

  • fever

  • hallucinations

  • low blood pressure

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • unusual activities while asleep like driving, eating, making phone calls

  • unusual bleeding, bruising

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • dizziness

  • drowsiness

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • nightmares, trouble sleeping

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep closed tightly. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Butabarbital Sodium Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

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

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

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.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

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

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups.

Do not take this medicine unless you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again. You may not be able to remember things that you do in the hours after you take this medicine. Some people have reported driving, making phone calls, or preparing and eating food while asleep after taking sleep medicine. Take this medicine right before going to sleep. Tell your doctor if you are have any problems with your memory.

If you have been taking this medicine for a long time, do not suddenly stop taking it because you may develop a severe reaction. Your body becomes used to the medicine. This does NOT mean you are addicted. Addiction is a behavior related to getting and using a drug for a nonmedical reason. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • agitation, confusion, irritability

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • feeling faint, lightheaded

  • fever

  • hallucinations

  • low blood pressure

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • unusual activities while asleep like driving, eating, making phone calls

  • unusual bleeding, bruising

  • unusually weak or tired

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • dizziness

  • drowsiness

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • nightmares, trouble sleeping

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Do you snore or have a difficult time staying awake during the day?

At the Sleep Disorder Center at Broward Health Medical Center, we can help!

Finally, relief for your sleep problems can be found at the Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health Medical Center. The Center is one of the most comprehensive facilities in Broward County and is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We provide physician evaluations, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and treatment for all adult sleep-related disorders.

Sleep Disorders may range from a variety of problems such as:

Breathing problems: Sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing becomes shallow or stops while you sleep. It is usually associated with loud snoring and daytime sleepiness. If left untreated, sleep apnea may cause heart disease, obesity, stroke, and increased mortality.

Neurological problems: Narcolepsy, a condition that causes sudden uncontrollable sleepiness, vivid dreaming, "sleep attacks," a loss of muscle control and sometime hallucinations.

Insomnia: The inability to initiate and or maintain sleep. Often, this may be due to emotional or situational circumstances. If it lasts more than a few weeks, you may have a more serious problem.

These are some of the most common problems associated with 84 of the known sleeping disorders.

Symptoms of a sleep disorder may include:

  • daytime sleepiness
  • drowsiness while driving
  • difficulty concentrating
  • morning headache
  • snoring
  • hypertension
  • Diabetes

The Sleep Center at Broward Health Medical Center can help you diagnose and treat any sleep disorder issues. 

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Sleep Testing (Polysomnography)

Polysomnography is performed on patients that are suspected of having a sleeping disorder. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is non-invasive. Monitoring devices are attached to the patient's head and body. The application of these monitoring devices causes no discomfort to the patient.

Testing is done in a private, comfortable bedroom (each room is outfitted with a private bathroom and personal shower), with a sleep technologist monitoring sleep patterns in a separate control room. The technologist is available all night to make sure the patient is comfortable, safe and to provide the physician with an excellent recording.

The test is done at night from 8:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. At the conclusion of the test the patient is free to resume his or her normal daily routine.

NEW! In order to accommodate our patients, we now offer Home Sleep Studies. Now that insurance companies are requesting patients to be screened and tested at home, and we can now diagnose you at home, if obstructive sleep apnea is your only issue, we can now perform the treatment phase at home also.  Treatment of Sleep Apnea should not be a stressful process; we have listened to your needs and are ready to work hard to make it easier for both the physician and the patient.

Our center also now provides PAP Naps. If you presently use CPAP and have issues with your mask, or if you cannot tolerate CPAP, we can work with you, provide education and increase your compliance with CPAP and overall health. We see patients daily in our sleep center and can perform both day and night time studies.

Medical Expertise

The Sleep Disorders Center at Broward Health Medical Center is under the direction of Dr. Glenn Singer, MD Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine. It is one of the few centers in the Broward County area that has three board-certified sleep physicians certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine to personally conduct your evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. The technical staff are board-certified or eligible by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Comprehensive care involves primary and specialist care, including:

  • neurologists
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • dentists
  • ear, nose and throat specialists
  • maxillo facial surgeons
  • and more

The Center is committed to providing the highest quality and the most comprehensive care.

Treatment and Follow Up

Once an accurate diagnosis is made, a treatment plan is designed. Depending on the sleep disorder, treatment could involve a number of approaches, including a medication or a change from an existing medication, medical equipment for use at home, psychological counseling or surgery. A comprehensive sleep report with recommendations will be sent to your primary care physician and/or specialist.

Scheduling an Appointment

If you are concerned about the quantity and quality of your sleep or your bed partner has made comments to you about your snoring or other related sleep problems, consult with your primary care physician or specialist. If appropriate, your physician will refer you to the Sleep Disorder Center.

For additional information on sleep disorders, please call 954-355-5532.

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