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How To Tell Someone Is Abusing Halcion (Triazolam)

Isaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC

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Isaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC

May 16, 2019

Halcion is part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs. This medication is most commonly used to treat symptoms of anxiety. As a controlled substance, this drug comes with the potential for abuse and addiction. Signs that someone may be abusing Halcion include drowsiness and trouble at work or school.

Triazolam, which often goes by its brand name Halcion, is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety and other mood disorders. It is also used in the treatment of insomnia.

Halcion is a benzodiazepine. As such, it works as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. By slowing down the brain and body, Halcion can reduce symptoms of anxiety and elicit feelings of relaxation.

Triazolam has a very short half-life compared to other benzodiazepines. Its effects are typically felt from one to three hours. As a result, this drug is rarely used in long-term treatment.

As with other benzodiazepines, Halcion comes with the potential for abuse and addiction. People who abuse Halcion may exhibit certain signs and symptoms that are noticeable to others. Knowing these signs can help determine if someone you love is abusing or addiction to this drug.

Signs And Symptoms Of Halcion Abuse

There are a number of signs and symptoms to look out for when it comes to determining if someone is abusing Halcion. As the abuse progresses, these signs often become more obvious to others.

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Physical symptoms of Halcion abuse may include:

  • sedation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • mood swings
  • memory problems
  • confusion
  • muscle cramps
  • dry mouth
  • changes in motor coordination
  • trouble sleeping

The more a person abuses triazolam, the more likely he or she is to experience these side effects.

In addition to physical symptoms, there may be behavioral signs of Halcion abuse that are noticeable to others.

These signs may include:

  • withdrawing from friends or family
  • problems with work or school
  • lying about Halcion use
  • hiding Halcion use
  • going to multiple doctors to get more prescriptions for the drug
  • withdrawal symptoms when not on Halcion
  • financial or legal difficulties
  • intense cravings for the drug

What’s more, a person who is abusing Halcion will likely build up a tolerance to the drug. This means that more of the drug is needed to experience the same effects. Someone with a tolerance to triazolam will likely take more and more of the drug just to feel normal.

Treatment For Halcion Abuse And Addiction

Understanding the signs and symptoms of Halcion abuse can help put an end to the cycle of addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with triazolam addiction, there are a number of treatment options to consider.

Many people find great success with formal treatment options. This may include a medically supervised detox program as well as a stay at an inpatient treatment facility. Many inpatient programs offer personalized recovery plans to suit each patient’s unique needs.

To learn more about how to tell if someone is abusing Halcion, contact a treatment specialist today.

National Institute on Drug Abuse - How can prescription drug addiction be treated?

National Institute on Drug Abuse: For Teens - Prescription Depressant Medications

World Health Organization - Withdrawal Management for Benzodiazepine Dependence

U.S National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus - Triazolam

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