Halcion is a fast acting sedative that is used to treat short term severe insomnia and jet lag. It contains Triazolam which is a benzodiazepine drug with amnesic, hypnotic, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant properties. Halcion has a short plasma half-life in the range of 1.5 to 5.5 hours. This means that it takes approximately 1.5 to 5.5 hours for the content of Halcion to be reduced by 50% in the user ‘s bloodstream. Because of this short half-life, Halcion is not effective for patients with problems staying asleep.
As a Schedule IV controlled substance, Halcion is defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as having some medicinal benefit and moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence. Health care professionals have also been notified by the FDA that all manufacturers of sedative-hypnotic drugs such as Halcion is required to use stronger language on labels regarding the potential health risks of these drugs. These new guidelines also requires Patient Medication Guides to be made available with cautionary verbiage concerning the hazards of using this class of drugs and the necessary precautions that should be taken to ensure consumer safety.
In appearance, Halcion (Triazolam) is a white crystalline powder that is more soluble in alcohol than it is in water. It is available compressed into tablets in the following formulation:
- White 0.25 mg Elliptical/Oval tablet imprinted with GG 162
- White 0.125 mg Elliptical/Oval tablet imprinted with 54 519
- Blue 0.25 mg Elliptical/Oval tablet imprinted with 54 620
- White 0.125 mg Elliptical/Oval tablet imprinted with G TR 125
- Blue 0.25 mg Elliptical/Oval tablet imprinted with G 3718
- Yellow 0.25 mg Elliptical/Oval Tablet imprinted with G TR 250
Use and Abuse
Abuse of Halcion typically occurs when the drug is taken at high doses or consistently over a long period of time. Once tolerance levels begin to build up, the user may gradually increase the dose to get the same results. As such Halcion addiction or abuse is usually accidental due to lack of information about the addictive properties of the drug and the ability of the drug to increase tolerance levels. As tolerance levels builds, with continued use, it may lead to overdosing and abuse.
Side Effects of Halcion Abuse
The risks of Halcion abuse tend to be heightened when combined with alcohol consumption or those with a history of alcoholism. Those with noted mental disorders are also at greater risk of forming an addiction to this drug. Common side effects of Halcion abuse may include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
- Nervousness or feelings of restlessness
- Changes in your menstrual cycles
Treatment for those who are suffering from dependence or addiction to Halcion may include a process of detoxification. A medical detox process provides around the clock oversight while the patient is withdrawing from prolonged use of the medication. Halcion has also been known to produce symptoms of withdrawal such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, severe irritability, sweating, tremors, muscle cramps nausea and vomiting.
Although these symptoms are not, by themselves, life threatening, individuals with other underlying issues could be at risk. As such, our board certified addiction clinicians assist patients to not only get safely through the detox process but also help to stabilize them by alleviating undue pain and discomfort.
It is also not uncommon for individuals who are suffering with a sleep disorder that caused them to use Halcion to also have a comorbid condition. As such we provide a highly successful dual diagnosis treatment procedure that treat both the drug addiction and the condition that perpetuated it simultaneously. Our approach to treatment is an individualized and complete. That means we treat the individual not just the addiction. As such we provide fully integrated, comprehensive treatment protocols that are customized for each client. Our relapse prevention programs is also an essential component because it is integral to maintaining recovery.
If you or a loved one is has a problem with Halcion or other substances of abuse we can help. Call our Drug Rehab Treatment Centers today at 877-855-3470. Our call center counselors are available 24/7 to answer your questions and direct you to the right treatment program for you.