Halcion is a psychiatric drug used to treat insomnia and sometimes to reduce anxiety before dental work.  It is a benzodiazepine which means it is a sedative hypnotic.  It basically makes your central nervous system go into low gear so that you can go to sleep or be relaxed before dental work.

That being said, all the negative information about Halcion is not common knowledge, nor is it promoted anywhere.  It is important to know all about any drug and its side effects so one can decide if it is worth taking to handle one’s condition.  Insomnia is not to be taken lightly as most know how difficult it is to function without sleep.  However, the dangerous adverse side effects of Halcion make insomnia sound inviting.

Ask yourself if any of the following side effects are worth taking Halcion to get some sleep:  amnesia, hallucinations, rage, violent and bizarre behavior, depression, aggressiveness, severe allergic reactions, anxiety, confusion, hostility, psychosis, addiction to the drug and even death.  One could experience abnormal thoughts and behavior such as getting out of bed and doing something one doesn’t recall later!  

Halcion and other benzodiazepines are not meant to be taken long-term, but it does often happen.  Halcion is basically ineffective after two weeks, but people still take it for longer periods of time.  This makes no sense as the longer one is on Halcion the more side effects one can expect.  One can become addicted, yet there is no evidence that Halcion is safe or effective in the long-term.  A person may experience a few days or weeks of calm, only to then experience non-stop heightened anxiety, more insomnia, suicidal depression and the epitome of misery in “another world’s timeless hell.” 

Hopefully this is graphic enough, but if not, there is more to be known about Halcion.  It falls into the nightmare category as withdrawal from it can be more difficult than heroin, which most know is gut-wrenching and horrendous.  On top of that, a recent study identified thirty-one drugs that are disproportionately linked to violent behavior.  Halcion came in at number seven!  These are pretty grim facts that clearly indicate that Halcion is a dangerous drug that can make you worse off than you were before.

It should be noted at this point that we are all relatively educated on the dangers of “street” drugs, yet we are not educated about the dangers of psychiatric drugs.  Why is that?  We should be, especially since they are legal.  Drug companies make billions of dollars from sales of their drugs so it is likely drug companies hope that less information means more sales.  In this case, what you don’t now will hurt you.   Sure, side effects are published and are listed quickly in advertisements, but they are not stressed or given the attention they warrant.   After all, the drug company wants a quick sale and that sale is quite profitable as Halcion and other benzodiazepines sell for more than cocaine and heroin.  

Instead, the FDA endorses the safety and effectiveness of Halcion despite evidence to the contrary.  They know that Halcion has a higher rate of adverse side effects than other sleeping pills.  Britain has banned the drug, but the United States seems to think it is safe despite lawsuits, devastating results and short-term trials.

People think the FDA thoroughly test a drug objectively when they don’t.  The drug companies run clinical trials and in the case of Halcion and other benzodiazepines, the trials are only four to ten weeks.  Perhaps there are no long-term studies by the drug companies because they are following the “ignorance is bliss” theory.  Why ruffle feathers and let the dangers be known when that can threaten profits?

Upjohn is the manufacturer of Halcion and they have not exactly put forth any caution regarding their drug.  They attacked any negative research and even worse they exerted quite an effort to make sure the public was not fully aware of all the adverse side effects.  Does this make you confident that Upjohn is looking out for your health and welfare?

It is so much easier for them to do what is legal and that is to present just a few positive trials to the FDA despite many negative trials and sit back and wait for the drug to be approved.  There really is no watchdog group over psychiatric drugs or any other prescription drugs for that matter.  Objectivity and full disclosure are not required so they are dropped and replaced with the drive for profits. 

The truth is that psychiatric drugs don’t cure anything.  They only mask symptoms and create devastating side effects.  It would be wise to find the cause of the lack of sleep instead of taking Halcion or any other similar drug.  There are plenty of reasons for not sleeping and plenty of non-psychiatric tools and remedies available these days.  Get yourself educated so you can make an informed decision on what’s best for your good night’s sleep.