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Brallobarbital is a barbiturate developed in the 1920s. It has sedative and hypnotic properties, and was used for the treatment of insomnia. Brallobarbital was primarily sold as part of a combination product called Vesparax, composed of 150 mg secobarbital, 50 mg brallobarbital and 50 mg hydroxyzine. The long half-life of this combination of drugs tended to cause a hangover effect the next day, and Vesparax fell into disuse once newer drugs with lesser side effects had been developed.
- US Patent 1869666
- Lhermann J. Clinical application of a new very active hypnotic associating sodium secobarbital, calcium brallobarbital and hydroxyzine (UC-8130). Gazette Medicale de France. 1964 Mar 10;71:961-2. (French)
- Yih TD, Rossum JM. Peculiar pharmacokinetics of brallobarbital as a source of complications in Vesparax intoxication. Xenobiotica. 1976 Jun;6(6):355-62.
- Fischbach R. Efficacy and safety of midazolam and vesparax in treatment of sleep disorders. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 1983;16 Suppl 1:167S-171S.
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