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Restoril Detox

Overcoming a Restoril addiction can be challenging, but starting the detox process is an unavoidable step. Restoril detox will involve withdrawal, and it is recommended to undergo detox with medical supervision.

What Is Restoril Detox?

Detox is the process of removing a physical chemical dependency, ideally in a controlled and supervised manner. Prescriptions for Restoril are short-term because Restoril is addictive, so it shouldn’t feel shameful to admit a dependency to Restoril. Once the issue has been acknowledged, Restoril detox can begin.

The process of overcoming a chemical dependency is a difficult one and not one that should be attempted alone. The physical and mental effects of withdrawal can cause relapse or even be life threatening.

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What Is Restoril?

Restoril is a Benzodiazepine usually prescribed for insomnia and  anxiety. Its use is limited to 7 to 10-day prescriptions. The relief Restoril offers for those suffering from insomnia can compel them to continue taking it after their prescriptions end. Because of this, Restoril is classified as Schedule IV controlled substance. The short prescription periods for Restoril are designed to minimize the chance of addiction, but if someone continues taking doses or takes larger doses than prescribed, they can become dependent.

Benzodiazepines, like Restoril, enhances the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. This neurotransmitter is responsible for sending messages between nerve cells and reduces anxiety and brain activity. Those with insomnia can fall asleep easier with increased GABA.

Restoril Addiction

Frequent use of Restoril affects the central nervous system (CNS) the most. Some of the symptoms of addiction to Restoril include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Goose bumps
  • Uncontrolled leg movements
  • Bone and muscle pain

Once off the medication, people often experience insomnia rebound symptoms. This occurs when using short-term solution medications, like Restoril, to remedy an ongoing issue. Many Benzodiazepines are used as sleep aids, and many of them are limited in use duration because of the risk of addiction and abuse.

It’s common for the issues that got you on medication in the first place to reappear when you begin detoxing. In this case, the original insomnia will most likely reappear as a result of moving away from the Restoril. These health issues can’t be fixed by the benzodiazepine band-aid; they require other kinds of treatment in order to resolve. These symptoms can be extremely frustrating, but it’s important to keep in mind your doctor’s prescription limits and avoid taking more medication unless it’s called for.

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Restoril Withdrawal Symptoms

Once you’ve become dependent on Restoril, going without it will cause a set of symptoms to appear as the body tries to cope without the drug. Restoril shares many of its withdrawal symptoms with other benzodiazepines because of the similar ways in which they interact with the body.

  • Nausea
  • Dry heaving
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramping
  • Mood Swings
  • Agitation
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Diarrhea
  • Shaking
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Restoril cravings
  • Problems concentrating

Some of these symptoms are much more severe than others. Benzodiazepine withdrawal without medical supervision can be dangerous and sometimes fatal. Depending on the severity of the Restoril dependence, these symptoms will fluctuate. The more serious effects pose threats to the health of people detoxing, which is why professional help is vital. If a doctor is nearby and able to respond to new symptoms, it can facilitate a much safer and more pleasant detoxing experience.

The Restoril Withdrawal Timeline

  • 4 days after last dose: first effects of withdrawal manifest. The person’s insomnia will return after they’ve ceased taking the drug. With renewed insomnia, their anxiety levels rise. This part of the withdrawal can take up to 4 days to run its course after the first signs of withdrawal. This stage of the Restoril detox requires medical supervision because of the possible complications from these symptoms.
  • 8+ Days after last dose: Any symptoms, physical or mental, that persist should only last for a few weeks at most. They should also feel less intense as time goes on and the body adjusts to functioning without Restoril.

Start Restoril Detox Today

A dependence on Restoril should be treated by trained professionals. Detoxing alone may seem like a simpler option, but the health consequences could force you into emergency care. If you or a loved one is having trouble with a Restoril addiction, contact a treatment provider today. A medical detox program will allow you to navigate the process as safely as possible while under the care of healthcare professionals.

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