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Doral is a prescription drug that is also sold under the generic name quazepam. Doral is prescribed primarily to treat symptoms of insomnia symptoms that include difficulties falling or staying asleep. Doctors who prescribe Doral emphasize how important it is to follow their instructions when taking Doral. It should only be used before a person can have several hours of sleep, and it shouldn’t be taken right after a meal. A therapeutic dosage of quazepam is usually anywhere from 7.5 to 15 mg taken at bedtime.

Quazepam is also marketed under the brand name Dormalin, and it’s classified as a benzodiazepine derivative. Doral has hypnotic and anticonvulsant properties. Compared to other benzodiazepines, Doral has less potential for overdose.

Doral Addiction and Abuse
Benzodiazepines work by activating GABA receptors. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. People with conditions like anxiety and panic disorder, as well as insomnia, often have low GABA levels. This deficiency makes results in overactivity in the brain. Drugs like Doral can calm this overactivity, reducing anxiety and helping users fall asleep. Quazepam is distinct among other benzodiazepines because it selectively targets specific GABA receptors that are responsible for sleep. It’s similar in action to zolpidem and zaleplon. Doral is legally classified as a Schedule IV drug in the U.S. This means that it does have a potential for abuse and can be habit-forming.
Doral has a lower risk of side effects than many other benzodiazepines. For example, Doral is less likely to create tolerance and respiratory depression compared to other benzos. While the risk profile is lower, there are still possible side effects. Some of the Doral side effects that require medical attention include unusual behavior, confusion, hallucinations and worsening depression or insomnia. Common side effects can include feeling drowsy during the daytime, feeling very tired in general, dry mouth, headaches and upset stomach. Doral is less risky overall than some benzos because it’s a longer-acting drug in this class.
Doral Addiction and Abuse
Even though quazepam has fewer side effects than other drugs in the benzo class, addiction and abuse are possible. Doral or quazepam abuse often begins when people take this drug in ways other than what’s instructed by their doctor. For example, they might take a larger dose, or they could take it without a prescription. All benzos are considered to carry the risk of addiction as well.  Any drug that affects the brain and neurotransmitters can create a reward response. Our brains are wired to want to continuously seek out things that bring pleasure, as indicated by a reward response. When someone experiences drug addiction, their brain is compulsively driving them to continue using the substance. Addiction is defined by compulsivity as well as out-of-control drug use. Doral addiction can require professional treatment. Someone who is addicted to Doral may also start using other substances as well to amplify the effects.

Something else to consider with Doral addiction and abuse is dependence. People are less likely to become dependent on Doral than they might with other benzo sleep aids, but again, physical dependence on Doral is possible. Dependence occurs when a person’s brain and body become so accustomed to the drug that they feel like the drug is required. The brain, for example, may start to sense that it can’t produce GABA on its own. Someone who is dependent on Doral and tries to stop using it suddenly may go through withdrawal symptoms.

There is an unfortunate misconception with Doral that since it has fewer side effects than other benzodiazepines, it’s entirely without risks. This is not the case, and two primary concerns with the use of Doral are addiction and dependence. To avoid these risks, people should follow their doctor’s instructions. Doral is meant to be used as a short-term medication; it shouldn’t be used longer than a few weeks. Anyone who uses Doral recreationally or for extended periods of time is more likely to become addicted to or dependent on the drug.

If you or someone in your life struggles with benzodiazepine abuse or addiction, The Recovery Village is here. Please contact us. We can help you with questions you may have and give you specific information about treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.