Triazolam is the generic version of the drug Halcion and is used to treat insomnia in the short-term. A member of the benzodiazepines class of drugs, Triazolam works on the chemicals in the brain that can become unbalanced and cause anxiety in an individual.
Triazolam is generally only safe to use as a medication to treat anxiety when it is taken for less than one month. Taking the medication for a longer period of time can be dangerous as it contains a triazolobenzodiapezine hypnotic agent. A full patient evaluation is required if use is recommended for more than 2-3 weeks.
Triazolam is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance and is considered to have a high potential for addiction and abuse. The abuse of Triazolam can occur when the medication is used for non-medical purposes or beyond the prescribed dosage. Those who consume Triazolam beyond the prescribed amount or its intended purposes could easily develop a tolerance for or dependence on the drug. Such a tolerance or dependence can be life-threatening.
Dependence and abuse associated with Triazolam tends to increase with patients have a history of alcoholism, drug abuse or in those with noted personality disorders. Abuse can be likely if the medication is taken beyond the prescribed amount as the impact Triazolam has on the speed of brain function can put the individual in danger of a fatal overdose. Triazolam can cause irreversible brain damage when taken recreationally and can cause nervousness or nausea and vomiting in some patients.
If an individual takes Triazolam for recreational use, tolerance and dependence can easily develop. As this dependence can be both physical and psychological, withdrawal symptoms can be intense if Triazolam is stopped abruptly or without medical care.
Any and all of the following symptoms can occur in the Triazolam withdrawal stage:
- Abdominal cramps
- Muscle cramps
- Daytime anxiety
- Heart Palpitations
- Severe headaches
- Suicidal thoughts
Triazolam addiction can be life-threatening, much like the associated symptoms of withdrawal. Therefore, it is important that addicts discontinue the drug gradually under the care of a board-certified physician. Detoxification is required to cleanse the body of this drug.
Triazolam addicts are also likely to incorporate therapy that will work on their relationship with sleep as part of their treatment. This therapy can include instruction on how to use specific tools like yoga, meditation and exercise as well as diet and nutrition, changing caffeine intake, creating new patterns and counseling to determine the cause for taking Triazolam in the first place.