As a general rule, when people think about drug abuse they tend to think of illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine. In the USA, addiction and abuse of prescription drugs is actually more common than abuse of illegal drugs. Triazolam belongs to a group of drugs called Benzodiazepines and is generally prescribed to people who have chronic insomnia. It is also regularly used for patients who are undergoing dental surgery to relax them. Because this drug depresses the nervous system, it can leave users feeling euphoric, drowsy or with pleasurable feelings. Unfortunately, this feeling of relaxation and well being is desirable and that is why so many people end up becoming addicted to Triazolam.
Although Triazolam is still approved in smaller doses in the USA, it has been banned from several other countries due to its side effects. The main reasons for banning this drug in certain countries are down to the fact that some users can become violent when taking Triazolam, many people end up becoming addicted and in hundreds of cases, it can have serious psychiatric side effects.
Medical surveys taken over the last five years regarding the use of Triazolam have recorded that 39% of users complained of experiencing disturbing thoughts which lead them to feeling suicidal. These were people with sleep problems but with no previous mental health issues. Other common side effects were clumsiness, fatigue, headache, unsteadiness, drowsiness, light headedness, sluggishness, muscle weakness and many people complained of feeling like they had a hangover, although they had not drank any alcohol.
More serious side effects have been recorded as severe memory loss, mood swings, urinary changes, jaundice, and shortness of breath, slurred speech and worsening or new depression. To another person, it can actually seem obvious if a person's behaviour suddenly changes as a result of using Triazolam so it's essential to seek medical advice in these circumstances.
Users of this drug have reported that they feel that they cannot function properly when they get out of bed in the morning after having taken a pill the night before. This is down to the fact that Triazolam has a short 'half life' of around 2 hours which can lead to strong rebound and withdrawal symptoms the very next day. This leaves patients feeling agitated and anxious at times and this may result in them reaching for another pill during the day. This is not ideal because it is recommended that patients only take between 0.125 and 0.25 mgs before bed each day.
Triazolam addiction statistics show that nearly half of people who are addicted to the drug will try and stop taking it abruptly without consulting a medical professional first. This is one of the worst things that a person can do because the withdrawal symptoms can come on more quickly if the drug is stopped too soon.
Ideally, a doctor should monitor a patient by gradually reducing the dose of the drug. In some cases, it is necessary to swap the Triazolam for Diazepam as this can prevent such strong tremors and uncontrollable shaking in a patient. If a patient is experiencing unpleasant withdrawal such as unexplained fear, suicidal thoughts and heart palpitations, then Diazepam will calm these symptoms down a little bit so that a patient feel better able to cope.
Triazolam contains triazolobenzodiazepine which is actually a hypnotic agent, and this type of drug is one of the strongest in the benzodiazepine group of drugs. It is therefore no surprise that so many ordinary people become addicted to it. Not being able to sleep can affect everyday life as it usually leaves a person feeling unbelievable tired and irritable. However, there are other ways to treat insomnia which are far safer than Triazolam.
A doctor can refer a patient with severe insomnia to a sleep clinic to see if there are any underlying problems, or alternatively, sleeping problems can be helped by receiving cognitive behavioural therapy. The thing with insomnia is that it becomes a vicious cycle. A person dreads going to bed because they know that they won't sleep and when they turn the lights off they find that their minds are racing and they certainly can't drop off. It can become a psychological problem and this is where a specialist sleep counselor can help.
Other ways to help with sleep problems can be simple, such as going for a short walk after your evening meal, taking a warm bath or having a cup of hot chocolate or another type of milky drink. Prescription drugs should definitely be the last thing to try, given that you may become addicted to them.