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Dalmane Abuse, Dependence, and Overdose

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Dalmane is the brand name for flurazepam, which is a prescription medication in the benzodiazepine (benzo) drug class. It has anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, hypnotic, sedative, and muscle-relaxing properties. Although it could be used to treat acute anxiety, it is primarily prescribed to treat people with insomnia that have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.

Compared to other benzos, Dalmane is long-acting. After it is consumed, the hypnotic (sleep-inducing) effects last for around 7 to 8 hours, which is enough for a full night’s sleep. When broken down in the body, it produces a metabolite called N1-desalkyl-flurazepam that can remain in the body and cause minor effects for several days.

Dalmane Abuse and Effects

The Drug Enforcement Administration has classified flurazepam as a Schedule IV controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act in the U.S. This designation means that, relative to drugs in higher schedules, flurazepam has a low potential for abuse and dependence. Nonetheless, abuse of this medication does happen, and benzo dependence is notoriously hard to break.

Substance abuse technically occurs when an individual uses a prescription drug in higher doses than prescribed, in combination with another unapproved substance, or via an unapproved route of administration, such as snorting. Likewise, using a prescription drug without a valid prescription also constitutes abuse.

Dalmane is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that works by increasing concentrations of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA slows the CNS down and is responsible for all of the aforementioned properties and effects of Dalmane. Thus, if Dalmane is abused, it can produce feelings of deep relaxation and contentment.

But abuse of Dalmane dramatically boosts the frequency and severity of side effects and more rapidly leads to dependence and addiction. Furthermore, abusing Dalmane increases the risk of overdose, especially when combined with another CNS depressant, such as other benzos, opioids, or alcohol.

Effects and side effects of Dalmane abuse may include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Constipation
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feelings of comfort
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Impaired cognition
  • Irritability
  • Joint pains
  • Labored breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Sleepiness
  • Stomach aches
  • Talkativeness
  • Tremors
  • Unsteadiness
  • Weakness

Dalmane Dependence and Withdrawal

Dalmane works well for treating insomnia, but it is not recommended for use lasting longer than one week or long-term use. Although it is only a Schedule IV drug, flurazepam dependence can set in within just a couple of weeks of consistent use. Benzodiazepine dependence can be particularly hard to break because not only does it occur fast, the withdrawal symptoms can be both dreadful and deadly.

Physical dependence is a condition of the brain and central nervous system that occurs after an individual uses a substance for an extended period of time. After a while, the brain becomes accustomed to the presence and action of the substance and halts production of its own version of the chemicals the drug provides. If the user then attempts to cut back their dose or quit altogether, they will suffer withdrawal symptoms.

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Withdrawal symptoms associated with discontinuation of Dalmane include:

  • Aches and pains
  • Delirium
  • Depression
  • Excessive sweating
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Goosebumps
  • Hallucinations
  • Hand tremors
  • Headache
  • Hypersensitivity to stimuli
  • Hyperventilation
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Panic attacks
  • Poor concentration
  • Racing pulse
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Skin-crawling sensations
  • Visual disturbances

It is important to remember that seizures related to benzo overdose can be fatal. For this reason, if you or a loved one wishes to stop taking Dalmane or another benzo, only attempt to detox under the supervision of medical professionals in a licensed facility.

Dalmane Overdose

Again, flurazepam causes an influx of GABA into the CNS. Mixing Dalmane with another CNS depressant, such as alcohol, opioids, or even another benzo or sleeping pill, can result in too much GABA accumulating, leading to a potentially fatal slowdown of the CNS. Benzo overdose can slow heart and respiration rates to critical levels.

If you or someone you know experiences any of the following signs or symptoms of benzo overdose, call 911 immediately:

  • Agitation
  • Altered mental status
  • Anxiety
  • Bluish lips or fingernails
  • Blurred vision
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Shallow or slowed breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Very poor coordination
  • Weakness

Treatment for Benzo Abuse

Abuse of Dalmane or another benzo can rapidly cause dependence and addiction, becoming a lifelong battle. Heavy abuse also increases the risk of an overdose, which can be deadly. If you or a loved one is grappling with benzo abuse, seek professional treatment as soon as you can.

Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery offer comprehensive treatment programs for substance abuse and addiction. Our individualized plans employ evidence-based, clinically-proven services, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, 12-step group support, individual and family counseling, mindfulness therapy, relapse prevention, aftercare planning, alumni programs, and more.

Call today to learn how we equip our clients with the tools and knowledge to overcome addiction and live the healthy lives they deserve.

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If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Detox Center at (877) 497-6180. Our specialists can assess your individual needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

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