Not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep can cause a host of physical and mental symptoms, and sometimes we need to resort to medication to get a good night’s sleep. Doral (Quazepam) is a hypnotic sleep aid used to treat insomnia. The benzodiazepine derivative helps people fall asleep and have a restful night.
What is Doral?
Doral works by targeting certain Gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors which are responsible for helping the brain induce sleep. It has fewer side effects than other benzodiazepines like Halcion, and is less likely to induce tolerance. It also has fewer rebound effects when the medication is stopped.
Like Halcion and other sleep aids, Doral should only be taken for a period of seven to ten days, but it can be easy to latch on to a drug that provides relief. You are pacing the floor in the middle of the night, and there is the cure in a bottle. Perhaps it makes your days seem more tolerable as well. Turning away from that easy solution can be more difficult. When sleep won’t come without overmedicating, or you or your loved one are taking Doral longer than prescribed, an addiction can easily form. The need to self-medicate is a sign that it is time to turn to a benzodiazepine addiction specialist who can provide you with the help you need through a residential treatment program.
How to Spot Doral Abuse
Doral is less commonly prescribed and less potent than other benzodiazepines, but it still has the potential to lead to addiction. Users may feel that because it isn’t as strong and has fewer side effects compared to drugs such as Halcion, they can take more. The gentle calm of Doral makes it even more enticing for those who use it during the day or recreationally.
Note the signs that someone you love is abusing Doral. Are they taking the drug past the recommended seven to ten days? Have they obtained more of the drug from a different physician or clinic? Doral abusers will often take the drug during the day for the pleasurable feeling of calm, and they may take more than the recommended dose. Some Doral abusers may crush the pills and snort them for recreational use and a faster high. People who are abusing any prescription drug will be more secretive about their use and attempt to hide it from the people around them. Some people who are addicted to more potent benzodiazepines may take Doral to help with withdrawal symptoms, because Doral is a long-acting benzodiazepine, and they won’t need to take it as often. While Doral is less addictive than the other drugs in this class, there is still a strong risk of abuse.
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Symptoms of Doral Abuse
Like other benzodiazepines, Doral abuse can cause symptoms of drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, and sleepwalking. There can be other behavioral changes. Their sleep pattern may change as abuse decreases the effectiveness of Doral as a sleep aid. Doral is a depressant that can exacerbate existing depression or other mental health conditions. The danger of Doral and other benzodiazepines is that someone who is abusing the drug can’t suddenly stop. Doral use has to be tapered off, because stopping the drug cold turkey can lead to serious complications called ‘Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome’ which can cause a life-threatening seizure or even coma. Gradual tapering off of the drug is the only way to detox. You will still experience withdrawal with flu-like symptoms such as nausea, muscle cramps, and sweating accompanied by irritability, anxiety, hallucinations, and more. The withdrawal from any benzodiazepine has to be managed properly and requires medically supervised detoxification.
Recovery from Doral Abuse
Doral abusers are mistaken if they think that they won’t get addicted because this is a less powerful benzodiazepine. That puts users at even greater risk. This is a medication for short-term use, and if taken longer than prescribed or used in greater quantities than prescribed, it is physically and psychologically addictive. Detoxification is an important first step, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problems. Your sleep deprivation may be related to other problems you haven’t addressed or don’t realize are the cause of your insomnia such as anxiety, depression, or other substance abuse. A holistic approach to recovery in a residential treatment program can help Doral abusers find the peace they have been searching for.