Module 2: Basic Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs and Substances

Lesson 1

Barbiturates – Indications

Barbiturate use is limited to anesthetic and management of seizure disorders. Although this class of drugs was previously prescribed for sleep and anxiety, alternative agents with a safer drug profile have been developed for these (Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2014).


  • Canadian Pharmacists Association. (2014). E-Therapeutics. Ottawa: Author.