Halcion is a sedative used mainly in treating insomnia. Part of the Benzodiazepine family, Halcion works by enhancing the sleep-inducing, sedative, anti-anxiety, muscle-relaxant, and anticonvulsant effects of a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. The fast-acting properties of Halcion that lead to drowsiness makes this drug particularly useful in aiding persons with insomnia in falling asleep. Because of its potency, Halcion addiction and abuse can manifest in a matter of weeks, even while following a doctor’s recommended usage. Persons using the drug for an extended period of time can quickly develop a tolerance leading users to require more of the drug to feel its effects. Halcion addiction symptoms and other signs that indicate Halcion addiction and abuse are explained in further detail below.
Common Street Names for Halcion
Halcion is the brand name of the drug, Triazolam and is available only with a prescription. While there are no common street names for Halcion, related medications include:
Halcion is part of the Benzodiazepine class of drugs and is defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a schedule IV controlled substance. The FDA acknowledges the medicinal benefit of Benzodiazepines and their moderate potential for physical and psychological dependence.
Sometimes called “Benzos,” Benzodiazepines are used primarily for treating anxiety but they are also effective in treating other conditions such as insomnia and seizure disorders. Additional, although less common, uses of Benzodiazepines include:
- Muscle relaxation
- Treatment for nausea
- General anesthesia
- Treatment for depression
- Aiding in alcohol withdrawal
- Treatment for panic attacks
When used in low doses for short periods of time (one or two weeks) or less than once daily, Benzodiazepines are safe and dependence is unlikely. If the user finds he or she is needing to increase dosage to get the same effect as when they first began taking the drug, a tolerance is likely forming. In the case of Halcion, this is a hallmark example of the first of Halcion addiction symptoms.
Side Effects of Halcion Addiction and Abuse
When taken as directed, Halcion produces a gentle, sleep-inducing effect. When taken at higher doses, Halcion creates a euphoric high, leading users to abuse the drug to achieve these effects on a regular basis. Because of its potency, Halcion addiction can form very rapidly and be very difficult for those dependent on the drug to stop taking it. Halcion addiction treatment is explained below.
When combined with alcohol and other medicines that cause drowsiness, the effects of Halcion (including unwanted side effects) are heightened. Halcion side effects include:
- Drowsiness in the daytime
- Memory loss
- Numbness and/or tingling of the hands and feet
- Changes in female users’ menstrual cycles
- Nervousness and/or feeling of restlessness
Signs of Halcion Addiction and Abuse
Halcion addiction symptoms can appear rapidly after users begin using the drug. Because of its potency, many patients abuse the drug without realizing Halcion addiction can so quickly manifest. Once Halcion addiction has formed, they will feel they cannot function without it. If you know someone that is using Halcion as a sleep aid, it is important to understand common Halcion addiction symptoms.
Signs of Halcion addiction include:
- Slurred speech
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils
- Lack of coordination
- Slowed breathing
If combined with alcohol and/or opioids, the elevated effects of Halcion could lead the user to stop breathing. Mixing these substances is very dangerous and those suffering from adverse side effects, either by mixing the drug or taking Halcion alone should seek immediate medical help.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Halcion
Symptoms of Halcion addiction withdrawal include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, sweating, extreme irritability, shaking, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting. On their own, these symptoms are not life threatening, but patients with underlying issues could potentially be at risk. Because of the severe discomfort of Halcion addiction withdrawal, many may feel the need to relieve their symptoms by taking more of the drug.
Halcion addiction treatment is recommended for those suffering from Halcion addiction who are unable to stop taking the drug on their own. Treatment for Halcion addiction and other Benzodiazepines assists patients safely through the detox process and offers alleviation of associated pain and discomfort.
Treatment for Halcion Addiction and Abuse
Those suffering from Halcion addiction often find it hard to stop taking this potent drug. In addition to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, they may feel taking Halcion is necessary to function normally.
Halcion addiction treatment may include both an assisted process of detoxification and treatment of the underlying condition. Treatment at White Sands Tampa is an individualized and comprehensive approach that are custom to each client. Our relapse prevention program is an essential part of the recovery process and gives each client a much higher chance of continued recovery beyond treatment at our facility.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Halcion addiction or another substance, we can help. Call White Sands Tampa at 1-877-640-7820 now.