What Gets Depleted From Your Body When You Abuse Barbiturates

Barbiturates are commonly used to treat epilepsy, but also have the common trait of being abused during addiction. Aside from the known-damage that an addiction can cause your body, it can also deplete the proper levels of both vitamins and minerals within your body. That depletion can cause lifelong issues if not corrected. Barbiturates are known to deplete many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly. Here are just a few of them.

Folic acid deficiency can lead to megaloblastic anemia.

Having a Vitamin D deficiency has shown decreased levels of serum calcium concentration, which could lead to bone issues later in life.

Riboflavin deficiency can cause an increase in damage to liver enzymes, leaving more damage in its wake.

Using barbiturates, such as phenobarbital, your body will likely struggle to absorb vitamins and minerals such as dibencozide, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Carnitine, and Biotin. All of these can cause issues within your body that may or may not be able to be overcome through supplementation after you have overcome your addiction.

If you have been struggling with a barbiturate addiction, you will need to be tested to see where each of your vitamin and mineral levels are at. Some vitamins and minerals are relatively easy to correct, but some are difficult at best. Your doctor will be the best person to speak with in regards to correcting the damage done during a barbiturate addiction, but the process is likely going to be slow and methodical.


N.A. "Barbiturates." Healthy Alternatives (Website). (2011).
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