Triazolam, also known as Halcion, is a sleep aide proven addictive.
It belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which also includes Valium and Ativan. In this article from Associated Content by Yahoo, many of the unique and unpleasant side effects of this drug are discussed:
“Like other benzodiazepines, triazolam is a central nervous system depressant, meaning that it slows the action of the central nervous system, and thereby slows various body functions, such as breathing. According to the Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine, one of the common side effects of triazolam is weak or shallow breathing.
“Besides being sedatives, many benzodiazepines, including triazolam, have halucinogenic properties. According to Drugs.com, confusion is a common side effect of triazolam. Besides getting confused, people taking triazolam can also develop unusual thoughts or behavior, slurred speech, hallucinations or agitation.
“Triazolam can affect the part of the brain that controls body movements, according to MayoClinic.com. People taking triazolam can develop trembling as a side effect of the medication. Patients can also experience poor coordination while taking this drug.” 1
“Triazolam may cause aggressive/violent behavior.
“This drug may also cause the following symptoms that are related to aggressive/violent behavior:
· Restlessness” 2
Medscape describes the “paradoxical reactions” several patients experienced when under treatment with this drug:
“Six cases of paradoxical reactions to triazolam were reported in patients being treated for chronic insomnia. The patients, of whom five were women, ranged in age from 29-75 years and had failed earlier therapies, including treatment with other benzodiazepines. Triazolam was prescribed at dosages ranging from 0.5 mg every other night to 1.5 mg/day at bedtime. Although this treatment effectively controlled the patients’ insomnia, all patients experienced an increased level of anger and agitation. In addition, the man developed visual hallucinations, and one of the women had three incidents of bizarre behavior. Neither of the patients remembered these events. In all six patients, the paradoxical reactions ceased after discontinuing triazolam.” 3
Triazolam is also classified as a hypnotic.
If sleep eludes you, there may be natural remedies that can be explored. In some cases, they are reported as being quite successful. Some people have even reported their insomnia vanishing after eliminating wheat products from their diet. 4
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