Etizolam is a generic name for a pharmaceutical drug used mainly as a recreation drug. The drug is approved in countries such as India, Italy and Japan to treat anxiety, disorders of panic, and sleep conditions. However, in the United States, it remains unapproved. It is a member of a class of chemicals referred to as Thienodiazepines. Thianodiazepines are derived from Benzodiazepines. This implies that some of its effects are similar to those of other benzodiazepines like Ativan and Xanax.
Since this medication remains unapproved for in the US, the DEA has noted that this drug entered in the country mainly as a recreational drug. This drug has mostly been categorized under research drug which has enabled it to bypass the DEA and be sold online and in the United States retail stores.
People at Risk of Abusing Etizolam
According to the data provided by the DEA, Etizolam can be abused by people of many age ranges, from young persons to elderly adults. Those who struggle with panic attacks or anxiety conditions are at a higher risk of abusing these drugs. A good example can be a college student who may take this medication to counter the panic that may be brought by an upcoming exam.
There is also a report from India which indicates that a young man got addicted to this medication after he started using small doses of it regularly to treat his anxiety. He then up the dose gradually each day and ended up using 2.5 grams each day from the previous 0.25 grams.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Those who frequently take Etizolam can display side effects, some of which can be managed while others can signify danger. Some of the side effects of the Etizolam are.
- a) Weakness of muscles
- b) Depression
- c) Confusion
- d) Depressed breathing
- e) Slurred speech
- f) Fainting
- g) Coordination loss
- h) Vision changes.
According to the report released by DEA, this drug is very potent in producing the effects of hypnosis- ten times more than diazepam. If this is the case, it, therefore, means that the side effects can be more frequently in people who become addicted to this drug.
Etizolam Withdrawal Symptoms
Abrupt withdrawal from this medication may not be a bright idea, for those who already addicted, as it may elicit some potentially dangerous symptoms. These symptoms are
- a) Troublesome sleep
- b) Sweating
- c) Muscle tension
- d) Blurry vision
- e) Muscle spasms
- f) Malaise
- g) Irritability
- h) Insomnia
Getting Rid of Etizolam Addiction
Those who are already struggling with the addiction need to get help immediately. Treatment options can include inpatient rehabilitation who is suitable for those high doses of the drug and medical detox which offers medical oversight during the process of withdrawal. The inpatient rehabilitation program will make sure that clients are kept away from the drug and taught new ways of managing the addiction.