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Seconal is a trademark name for the barbiturate sodium quinalbarbitone. It was widely used recreationaly in the 1960s and 1970s. Nicknamed "reds", Seconal came in red capsules. Its main medical uses are for seizures, tension relief (as before surgery), and as a temporary sleep aid. It is fairly addictive, and withdrawal symptoms can occur when a continual use is abruptly ended.

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Using Seconal alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
Use Seconal with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially drowsiness, depression, or confusion.
Seconal is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed.
Seconal Sodium , SPC from the eMC (2496 words)
Seconal Sodium is not recommended for use in elderly or debilitated patients.
Seconal should not be administered to children or young adults.
Seconal is metabolised primarily by the hepatic microsomal enzyme system and the metabolic products are excreted in the urine and, less commonly, in the faeces.
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