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Known by the brand name Halcion, triazolam is the active ingredient in a type of benzodiazepine medication that results in triazolam withdrawal.

Often benzodiazepines are prescribed for anxiety disorders and sleep disorders, but they are incredibly addictive as well.

Because it is short-acting, Halcion is used to treat insomnia because it can help you fall asleep quickly.

Other benzodiazepine medications used to treat insomnia include ProSom, Doral, Dalmane, Ativan, and Ambien.

Your doctor might give you a treatment plan for insomnia rather than prescribing Halcion because it is addictive.

Overall, there is a warning against using benzodiazepines to treat sleep problems on a long-term basis.

Understanding Addiction

If you become addicted to Halcion, you will have a physical and psychological attachment causing you to act unusually.

Whether that is by doctor shopping or buying pills on the street, these are both dangerous addiction signs.

It is important to understand that it is possible to become dependent on Halcion even if you are prescribed the medication.

Physical Dependence

Benzodiazepines bind with GABA receptors in the brain, which leads to a slowdown of brain activity to the point where sleep results. Tolerance is a telltale sign of physical dependence. Over time, your body will begin to require more of the drug to feel the same effects as you did before.
Someone who is physically dependent on Halcion, or another benzodiazepine, is not necessarily psychologically addicted.

Developing a Tolerance

Regardless of the type of drug, the brain becomes different when you are chemically addicted to them. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, then you may also have developed a tolerance, which creates resistance to the substance’s effects.
After developing a tolerance, you will feel like you need to use more drugs to feel the same effect as before. Eventually, you will need to use the drug to feel normal.
If you have developed a tolerance, then you will suffer from withdrawal symptoms after you stop using the drug. Depending on the drug used, withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening, so it is best to get medical help and go through medical detox.

What is Triazolam Withdrawal?

People addicted to triazolam will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug or rapidly reduce their dose. It takes as little as two weeks to develop a tolerance to this drug, which means that you will need this drug to feel normal once you have built a tolerance. You may then begin increasing your dose because the small dose does not provide enough euphoria or aid.

Symptoms of Triazolam Withdrawal

Because Halcion is very potent, it also slows down brain function. The brain compensates for this by increasing activity, which means you can cause other issues such as ADHD or other hyperactivity issues during triazolam withdrawal. Triazolam withdrawal can cause many symptoms, including:

  • nausea/vomiting
  • sweating
  • increased heart rate
  • fever
  • muscle cramps
  • uncontrollable shaking
  • insomnia
  • hallucinations
  • anxiety/depression
  • seizures
  • headaches

Rebound Insomnia

Halcion is often prescribed for short-term relief of insomnia, but the worst withdrawal symptoms might be rebound insomnia. This resurgence of insomnia lasts for about two to three days after the last Halcion dose and can be very frustrating, pushing you to relapse.
In retrospect, this drug only has a five-hour half-life, which means that you might feel over-energized when you wake up in the morning after using triazolam. Your heart might be pounding, which can cause the opposite of sedation and anxiety.

Duration of Triazolam Withdrawal

Because of its potency and rapid absorption, withdrawal is intense and begins almost immediately. Despite this, as compared to long-acting benzos, the symptoms are not as painful. You should expect triazolam withdrawal symptoms to last anywhere from five days to two weeks.
If you use other long-acting benzos, such as Xanax or Ativan, you will experience a longer withdrawal duration because it takes longer for all these drugs to leave your body. Factors that influence the duration of triazolam withdrawal include:

  • how long you have used the drug
  • average dose taken
  • how often you take the medication
  • if you were using other drugs
  • mental health and medical history

Withdrawal Timeline

2-4 Hours: The withdrawal symptoms will begin at this time, around a few hours after your last dose. You may start to notice anxiety and rebound insomnia.

1-2 Days: During the first 24 to 48 hours, your withdrawal symptoms should peak. You will notice worsening anxiety and insomnia, as well as nausea, muscle cramps, and shakiness.

3-4 Days: After three or four days, you will notice your symptoms are less intense. You may be able to sleep easily again. Despite this, you will most likely still feel other triazolam withdrawal symptoms.

5 Days +: You should notice that most of your withdrawal symptoms are gone by this time. For more severe addictions, you may continue to see symptoms for another week to ten days.

Detox

If you are addicted to any benzodiazepines, you will likely go through a medically supervised detox because you will be at risk for life-threatening halcion withdrawal and detox symptoms when you suddenly stop using this drug. Medical detox can help you get Triazolam out of your system and go through these symptoms under a medical professional’s care.

Depending on how severe your addiction is, your doctor may choose to treat you with a Medically Assisted Treatment, known as MAT. It uses different benzodiazepines to slowly decrease your dose until you no longer need the benzodiazepine in your body.

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