Halcion is the brand name for triazolam, a benzodiazepine medication that’s used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and issues that cause convulsions. However, Halcion can lead to chemical dependency and addiction when it’s taken for too long or abused.
If you become dependent on the drug and then stop using it abruptly, it can cause potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Halcion is a central nervous system depressant, which is the only major drug category that is known to cause deadly withdrawal symptoms. Learn more about Halcion withdrawal and how it can be safely treated.
Halcion works by interacting with a natural chemical messenger in the brain called gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). The drug makes this chemical more effective at suppressing nervous system excitability in the brain.
As you develop a chemical dependency on it, your brain gets used to the drug. If you stop suddenly, you’ll feel the effects of a chemical imbalance in your body, causing nervous system overactivity. Severe symptoms can cause seizures and delirium tremens, which is characterized by sudden confusion, panic, and an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Other symptoms are:
As a central nervous system depressant, Halcion can cause potentially harmful effects during withdrawal. Seizures and delirium tremens can lead to life-threatening complications. The safest way to get through depressant withdrawal is to seek medical attention.
Medical detox is the highest level that’s available in addiction treatment. In detox, you would have access to 24-hour medically managed support, including interventions with medication when necessary.
Detox can help you avoid dangerous symptoms or manage them if they occur. The prognosis for delirium tremens greatly improves with medical treatment. Though depressants like Halcion are the most likely drug category to cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms, not every going through withdrawal needs detox. When you enter a treatment program or speak with your doctor, medical evaluations can help determine your appropriate level of care.
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