What Are the Effects of Restoril Use?
Restoril is the brand name for Temazepam, a Benzodiazepine which treats insomnia. It is a sedative-hypnotic drug which helps people fall asleep faster and sleep through the night. For some patients, Restoril also treats anxiety, muscle spasms, and epileptic seizures. Since the effects of Restoril are potentially addictive, it is a Schedule IV controlled substance in the United States. Health care professionals prescribe Restoril for short-term use, usually for only about ten days.
Restoril calms the brain by enhancing the effects of the neurotransmitter GABA, a natural chemical that blocks signals between neurons and moderately inhibits brain activity. An active brain can cause people to stay awake at night, so Restoril essentially puts the brain to sleep. When it’s used properly, Restoril is a safe option for treating occasional insomnia. However, people who misuse Restoril risk developing dependence and suffering overdose.
The Side-Effects of Using Restoril
A person who takes Restoril may experience mild self-effects or no side-effects at all. The most common side-effect of Restoril is feeling tired or drowsy during the day. This side-effect could indicate that the dose of Restoril a person is taking is slightly too high. The other common side-effects of Restoril include:
- Blurred vision
- Euphoria (in rare cases)
- Muscle weakness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sleep-talking and sleep-walking
- Slurred speech
- Stomach pain
- Trouble with concentration
Restoril can impair a person’s coordination, reaction time, and motor skills. Therefore, driving after taking Restoril can be dangerous. Additionally, people on Restoril have sometimes performed complicated tasks while asleep, such as driving, cooking, and making phone calls. Restoril can also sometimes cause side-effects which are more serious and might require medical attention. These side-effects are:
- Debilitating drowsiness
- Intensified depression
- Heart palpitations
- Memory loss
- Suicidal thoughts
- Troubling swallowing
It’s also important to be aware that combining Restoril with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants could provoke a coma or cause someone to stop breathing. This effect is potentially lethal. A person is also more likely to die from alcohol poisoning if they take Restoril and drink alcohol at the same time. Although it’s uncommon, it is possible to have an allergic reaction to Restoril. The symptoms of a Restoril allergic reaction are difficulty with breathing, severe dizziness, and itching and swelling in the face and throat.
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The Symptoms of a Restoril Overdose
A person who takes too much Restoril can overdose on the medication. In extreme cases, a Restoril overdose can be fatal. To avoid overdose, anyone with a Restoril prescription should carefully follow its instructions.
Among all Benzodiazepines, Temazepam has one of the highest rates of overdose, so it’s important to be able to identify it. When someone overdoses on Restoril, they might fall into such a deep sleep that they become almost impossible to wake up. A severe overdose could even cause someone to lose consciousness and fall into a coma, or it may inflict life-threatening respiratory depression. The other symptoms of Restoril overdose are:
- Faint breathing
- Impaired balance and coordination
- Impaired reflexes
- Inability to stay awake
- Intense drowsiness
- Low blood pressure
Restoril Addiction and Withdrawal
Ideally, people shouldn’t use Restoril for more than two weeks. However, people can refill their prescriptions or buy Restoril illegally. When someone continues to use Restoril to fall asleep or control anxiety, they might become dependent on its effects and feel unable to live normally without it. Since Restoril and other Benzodiazepines tend to work rapidly, people sometimes misuse them as a “quick fix” for their problems. After using Restoril repeatedly, a person could develop tolerance to a certain dose and start taking even more of the medication. This increases the risk of overdose and reinforces dependence. When a person starts to experience withdrawal when they stop using Restoril, it’s likely that their dependence has escalated into Restoril addiction.
The most obvious symptom of Restoril withdrawal is rebound insomnia and anxiety. The desire to avoid rebound insomnia and anxiety locks some people into a Restoril addiction for months or even years. In addition to rebound symptoms, the other symptoms of Restoril withdrawal are:
- Cravings for Restoril
- Muscle and stomach pains
- Panic attacks
- Persistent drowsiness
The symptoms of Restoril withdrawal may last anywhere from several days to several weeks.
Restoril addiction requires treatment. The best way to overcome addiction to Restoril or any other Benzodiazepine is by undergoing detox from the drug at a rehab center. After detox, a person can start an inpatient or outpatient treatment program to achieve long-term freedom from addictive substances.
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Restoril can be a helpful medication, but it can also cause problems if someone becomes dependent on it. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to Restoril or other Benzodiazepines, please contact a dedicated treatment specialist today to get answers to your questions about rehab. There are rehab centers in every state where anyone can undergo detox, get therapy, and receive the support they need to get back to living life without drugs.
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