Uses of Etizolam
Etizolam is a potent drug with a wide variety of uses which includes:
- Treatment of pain, anxiety, sleep disorder, depression, and even headaches
- Sedation and hypnosis at higher dose
How does it work?
Etizolam is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. It acts as a GABA-A receptor agonist to produce an increase in inhibitory GABA transmission throughout the CNS. This suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.
Etizolam is well-absorbed by the intestinal tract. It rapidly floods the brain and reaches its peak action 30 minutes to two hours after being ingested. Its effect peak at around three to four hours and starts to wane after that. Etizolam has a longer half-life. But its duration of action is reduced to half of the original concentration after six hours.
How much Etizolam to take?
- Take this medicine as prescribed by your physician. The prescribed dose for most adults is 0.25mg to 0.5 mg a day. The maximum recommended dose is 3 mg a day.
- Do not take more than what is prescribed to prevent unwanted side effects. You can take this with or without food. Generally, it should be taken within 15 to 30 minutes after a meal.
- Etizolam is typically prescribed for a maximum duration of 12 weeks.
Tips for taking Etizolam safely and effectively
- At a lower dose this drug is less likely to cause hypnotic effects. A higher dose can cause sedation, hypnosis, loss of muscle control, and other effects consistent with a sleep aid.
- The use of this medicine is for temporary treatment only. It’s intended for short term use. Prolonged and consistent use of this medicine can result in addiction and chemical dependence. If you keep using it, your brain starts getting used to it and incorporates it into your normal brain chemistry.
- Etizolam is very active at a very low dose. Using even half a milligram more than the recommended dose can considerably boost the effects.
- Doses of this drug beyond a certain level can be fatal. A high dose can cause respiratory depression that slows or stops breathing to the point of hypoxemia, coma, brain death, and death.
- Withdrawal symptoms can manifest after a sudden stop following just two weeks of continuous use. Withdrawal effects can be life-threatening for those who have used a significant amount for a prolonged period.
- Avoid consuming alcohol as this can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus.
- This medicine is less sedative with lower dependence and tolerance. However, long-term use may cause the drug to be less effective. It may also cause dependence and addiction.
- If you wish to stop with your medication consult with your doctor. A sudden withdrawal can cause behavioral changes, convulsion, tremor, or anxiety.
Who can and can’t take Etizolam?
Do not take this medicine if:
- You have a history of drug or substance addiction
- You are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- You are breastfeeding
- You have a narrow-angled glaucoma
- You have liver disease
- You have myasthenia gravis
Use with extreme caution among patients with:
- Chronic psychosis