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amobarbital

(ăm'ōbär`bĭtäl), drug that acts as a nervous system depressantdepressant,
any one of various substances that diminish functional activity, usually by depressing the nervous system. Barbiturates, sedatives, alcohol, and meprobamate are all depressants. Depressants have various modes of action and effects.
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, any one of a group of drugs that act as depressants on the central nervous system. High doses depress both nerve and muscle activity and inhibit oxygen consumption in the tissues. In low doses barbiturates act as sedatives, i.e.
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amobarbital

[‚am·ō′bär·bə·təl]
(pharmacology)
C11H18N2O3 A white, crystalline powder with a bitter taste and a melting point of 156-161°C; soluble in alcohol; used in medicine.
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Sodium amytal is a strong barbiturate described as a "truth serum" because it makes the recipient lose all inhibitions.
1979b) have suggested that the effects of sodium amytal interviews are due to non-drug factors and that the barbiturate is nothing more than a placebo.
Dr Kerr, who had a surgery at the Williamwood Medical Centre in Clarkston, Glasgow, for 30 years, prescribed sodium amytal to five other patients, although four of them did not suffer from insomnia.
Kraines (1967) observed that although intravenous sodium amytal provided immediate relief from tension and enhanced rapport, it produced a state in which the patient was less resistant and more willing to accept the therapist's suggestions.
Dr Kerr also prescribed sodium amytal pills to five other elderly patients, despite the fact that four of them did not suffer from insomnia.
Obviously, I had no idea that all this sodium amytal at once would be fatal, I just thought it would put him to sleep very quickly, and then I could move him to the psychiatric ward as I had been instructed by the railway surgeon.
In a few cases, the memories were midwifed using novel or controversial techniques like massage, sodium amytal ("truth serum") sessions, hypnosis, or regression (which uses hypnosis to put adults in an infant state of mind and make them believe they are experiencing earlier events).
He prescribed the retired businesswoman, known as Patient A, with 30 sodium amytal sleeping pills in 1998.
Dr Kerr faces a further five cases of inappropriately prescribing the same sleeping tablets - sodium amytal - which official guidance says should only be used to treat "severe and intractable insomnia".
Dr Kerr faces a further five cases of inappropriately prescribing patients the same sleeping tablets - sodium amytal.