Estazolam is a prescription medication that can cause dependence and withdrawal when it’s used for too long or abused as a recreational drug. High doses or long-term use can cause your body to adapt to the drug, leading to chemical dependence. If you stop using it suddenly, it can cause intense withdrawal symptoms that can be life-threatening in some cases.
Estazolam is a central nervous system depressant, which is one of the few drug categories that can be deadly during withdrawal. Seizures and a condition called delirium tremens are the most dangerous symptoms caused by depressant withdrawal.
Estazolam is a benzodiazepine, which is a class of drugs that are commonly used to treat insomnia or anxiety disorders. They are milder than other depressants like barbiturates or alcohol, but they can still be dangerous during withdrawal. Estazolam withdrawal may be particularly dangerous if you’ve gone through depressant withdrawal before. A phenomenon called kindling can increase your risk of experiencing severe symptoms.
Estazolam works of a chemical messenger in the brain called GABA, or gamma-Aminobutyric acid. GABA is used by your nervous system to regulate excitability. Taking a drug like estazolam increases GABA’s effectiveness when it binds to its receptor.
Once your body adapts to the drug, it may cause your body to increase the release of excitatory effects to counteract the drug. When you stop taking it, your nervous system may become overactive, leading to uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms. Symptoms can include:
Your specific medical needs and history with estazolam will help determine if medical detox is the next step for you. When you seek medical advice or addiction treatment, you’ll go through an evaluation to determine your need for detox. However, depressants like estazolam are the most common category to cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If you think you might be dependent on estazolam or another depressant, seek medical attention before quitting cold turkey.
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