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Halcion Withdrawal

Triazolam, sometimes known by its brand name, Halcion, is a prescription benzodiazepine. It is designed to treat symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and convulsions. In some cases, however, Halcion may lead to chemical dependency or addiction when it is abused or taken too long. 

If you become dependent on Halcion and stop using it abruptly, it may cause deadly withdrawal symptoms. Halcion is considered a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, and it is one of the only drugs that cause potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. Read on to learn more about Halcion withdrawal and how it’s treated.

What Are Halcion Withdrawal Symptoms?

Halcion interacts with natural chemical messengers in our brain, known as GABA. The substance makes this chemical more effective at suppressing excitability in our central nervous system. 

If you develop a chemical dependency on Halcion, your brain adjusts to the drug in your system. If you stop all at once, you’ll notice the effects of a chemical imbalance in your body. Severe symptoms might cause delirium tremens (DTs) or seizures. It may cause you to feel a sudden sense of confusion, panic, or increased heart rate. Other symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Shaky hands
  • Tremors
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Hallucinations

What Are the Stages of the Halcion Withdrawal Timeline

24 hours: The half-life for Halcion is short, and you may experience your first symptoms in one to 5.5 hours. Moving forward, it will be less effective in your body, and you will experience the first symptoms of withdrawal. Early symptoms include anxiety and insomnia, which will continue to deteriorate over the next few days.

4 Days: After four days since your last dose of Halcion, your symptoms should reach their peak. You will experience general discomfort, extreme confusion, tremors, and jitteriness. Heart-related complications and seizures are likely without treatment. 

10 Days: The symptoms will gradually decrease as time moves forward, but anxiety and drug cravings will persist for quite some time. 

1 Month: In rare cases, symptoms may occur during the post-acute withdrawal phase, or after the initial symptoms have passed. Other symptoms like anxiety and insomnia may linger, but continued treatment to address these needs will help you with long-term abstinence.

Should I Detox?

Medical detox is the highest level of care in addiction treatment. During detox, you will have around-the-clock access to medically managed support – this includes medication when necessary. Detox will help you avoid dangerous symptoms and fight off the unpredictability of withdrawal. When you enter detox, you will speak with a physician that will determine your appropriate level of care.

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What Is the Next Treatment Step?

Once you complete detox, your doctor will recommend entering into the next level of care – this may consist of a residential treatment center, where you will live on-site for a period of up to 90 days, or an outpatient program that allows you to attend therapy and go home. No matter what they suggest, you must follow their advice to ensure you remain sober long-term.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016, February). 8: Medical detoxification. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/understanding-drug-abuse-addiction/section-iii/7-medical-detoxification

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