Paxipam Abuse and Addiction

Paxipam is a brand name benzodiazepine derivative that was marketed in the United States. Specifically, Paxipam, also known as Halazepam in its generic form, is an anxiolytic benzodiazepine. The drug is used to treat anxiety, but it is no longer available in the United States. Other benzodiazepines that are still available and are frequently prescribed include diazepam, estazolam, lorazepam and temazepam, among others. All benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants. When someone uses a benzodiazepine like Paxipam, it causes their thinking and cognition to slow down. It might appear as if someone is intoxicated when they use drugs from this class. These drugs can also cause slowed coordination and impaired motor function. A benzodiazepine can also make walking difficult and people may have slurred speech. All benzodiazepines are classified as Schedule IV drugs in the United States. Even though they have medical uses, benzodiazepines can be habit-forming and have a potential for abuse.
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Paxipam is often abused in order to repeat the effects that the drug has on the brain. All benzodiazepines affect GABA receptors. In the brain, GABA is a neurotransmitter that produces calming feelings and effects. If someone has an overactivity of neural activity in their brain, it can result in conditions like anxiety and insomnia. GABA calms that overactivity and drugs like Paxipam increase the effectiveness of GABA. The effects may be beneficial in the short-term, but benzodiazepines like Paxipam shouldn’t be used for more than a few weeks. When the brain is repeatedly exposed to the effects of benzodiazepines, it actually adapts to the reward response that the drug triggers. The brain becomes used to the presence of the drug. That’s how addiction and dependence arise, resulting in compulsive, uncontrolled drug use.

Benzodiazepine use, involving drugs like Paxipam, often occurs in people who hold a prescription for these drugs. The longer someone takes benzodiazepines, the more likely they are to use them. If prescription drug use occurs, it increases the likelihood of addiction. Some signs of Paxipam use include:

  • Taking large doses of Paxipam
  • Continuing to take Paxipam for longer than prescribed
  • Taking Paxipam without a valid prescription (this is particularly relevant since Paxipam is no longer marketed in the United States)
  • Taking Paxipam in any way other than as prescribed
  • Mixing Paxipam with other substances

Signs of chronic Paxipam abuse may occur over time, such as anxiety and insomnia. While abuse doesn’t inherently mean that someone is addicted to a benzodiazepine like Paxipam, abuse often leads to addiction. Along with addiction, physical and psychological dependence can occur with repeated benzodiazepine use as well.

Paxipam (Halazepam) Abuse and Addiction
Paxipam addiction is a diagnosable medical condition. Certain symptoms and criteria are used to determine if someone is addicted to a prescription drug like Paxipam. Addiction is characterized as a chronic but treatable disease. In the past decade, addiction to prescription drugs like Paxipam, other benzodiazepines and opioids has become especially problematic. One of the major problems with Paxipam addiction, and addiction to other prescription drugs, is that it can be difficult to identify. Often, a person will start using prescription drugs legitimately in order to treat a specific medical condition. Their use gradually moves into the realm of abuse and, before the individual may even realize what’s happening, they become addicted.

When someone is addicted to any substance it distorts their behavior, their thinking, and their physical functions. There are physical changes in the wiring of the brain that occur with repeated exposure to a drug like Paxipam. That change in brain functionality has to be addressed during addiction treatment, and it can take time and a substantial effort for that to occur. While denial may occur, many people struggling with addiction know that they have a problem. Despite that awareness, it is very difficult for them to stop using Paxipam or any substance that they are addicted to.

When people are struggling with Paxipam addiction, or addiction to another benzodiazepine, they often have a polysubstance use disorder. This means that they are abusing or are addicted to more than one substance simultaneously. This occurs for a few different reasons. First, people might use benzodiazepines like Paxipam to come down from a stimulant drug, such as cocaine. People may also mix Paxipam with another depressant to heighten the euphoric or intoxicating effects of each drug.

If you’re struggling with Substance use disorder, The Recovery Village is here to talk. We encourage you to contact us to take the first step to recovery.