The brand name for the generic temazepam, Restoril is used for treating insomnia and anxiety. It is part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs. This family includes such drugs as Valium, Xanac, Klonopin, Dalmane, Activan and others. Restoril is a hypnotic drug that until recently was produced as a gel-filled capsule intended for oral use.
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Abuse of Restoril
Restoril is only intended for short-term use to help those dealing with severe anxiety contributing to sleeplessness. When the drug is taken for longer periods of time, it is quite easy for a patient to develop a tolerance and dependence on the drug. It also gained certain notoriety in the UK and Scotland when it was discovered the capsules could be melted and injected. The effects were more potent and similar to alcohol.
Due to the euphoric effect of Restoril, it is considered to be one of the highest abuse potential of all benzodiazepines. It is injected from preparations of the capsules, tablets or the syrup. This method is very irritating to the body and can cause tissue damage, sometimes leading to amputation.
Effects of Restoril
Restoril delivers the desired effects by enhancing the effects of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a chemical messenger used by nerve cells to communicate with each other. As a neurotransmitter, GABA inhibits many of the activities of the brain, which is thought to lead to anxiety or other psychiatric disorders. When this activity is reduced, sleep time can be increased.
Even as sleep may be increased, other effects of the drug can include dizziness, fatigue, headache, lethargy, impairment of memory and learning, increased reaction time and impairment of motor functions, slurred speech, decreased physical performance, reduced alertness, blurred vision and inattention.
Withdrawal of Restoril
Restoril addictions can be so powerful that even after amputations are necessary to remove a limb that has been injected with the drug, addicts will continue to inject into other limbs to achieve the high. Withdrawal symptoms can be equally as powerful and can include, but are not limited to:
• Abdominal pains
• Blurred vision
• Body vibrations
• Changes in perception
• Feeling of unreality
• Flu-like symptoms
• Heart palpitations
• Loss of balance
• Metallic taste
• Muscle spasms
• Panic attacks
• Persistent & unpleasant memories
• Severe headaches
• Short term memory loss
• Suicidal thoughts
Treatment of Restoril Addiction
The health risks associated with Restoril abuse make it imperative that users taper taking the medication as soon as humanly possible. With an addiction, this will require professional intervention as the compulsion of the addiction and the withdrawal symptoms are so strong.
The medication should be tapered off slowly under the care of a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist. To ensure the individual rids their body of the drug completely and have a better chance of staying off the drug in the future, entering a center for 24/7 comfortable detox treatment is highly recommended.
This method is used to correct the chemical imbalances in the individual suffering with a Restoril addiction and should be combined with psychological evaluations and other medical care to address cravings for the drug. When this approach is made the priority, the center is able to identify the reason for the addiction and treat the whole person.
Posted on Sep 09, 2009