Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects of Paxipam Addiction

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Paxipam is a brand-name, prescription drug approved primarily for treating anxiety conditions. The drug, also known as halazepam, is a benzodiazepine drug that works to sedate patients. While the drug is no longer marketed in the United States, it is designed to treat anxiety, reduce physical tension and relax the muscles.
Paxipam has many of the same side effects and signs of substance use disorder that other benzodiazepine drugs have. Benzodiazepines are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. While Paxipam is no longer marketed domestically, many other benzodiazepines, such as Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax, are widely prescribed and used. All benzodiazepines and their derivatives work similarly to one another by affecting GABA receptors in the brain. In doing so, drugs like Paxipam can increase the effects of GABA, which is a calming neurotransmitter. As a result, a person taking the drug feels relaxed or may even feel sedated. Some of the signs of Paxipam abuse can include:

  • Drowsiness, often at odd times
  • Confusion
  • Sedation
  • Memory loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Taking larger doses than instructed
  • Taking Paxipam without a prescription
  • Taking Paxipam for longer than prescribed
  • Mixing Paxipam with other substances
  • Using Paxipam recreationally
Paxipam (halazepam) Signs, Symptoms, & Side Effects
While drug abuse and addiction are not exactly the same, they are certainly on the same continuum. If someone regularly uses a drug like Paxipam, they are more likely to become addicted than if they use the drug properly. Drug addiction occurs because Paxipam affects the brain’s pathways, triggering a reward response. The brain may want to continue seeking out those things that cause a pleasurable feeling or a reward response. The more someone exposes their brain to something like Paxipam with these effects, the more likely addiction is to occur. Other factors play a role in addiction as well, including genetics and one’s environment.

When someone suffers from a Paxipam addiction, it changes their brain in measurable ways. For example, people struggling with addiction usually have observable differences in areas of their brain which control judgment and behavior. Addiction can also cause changes in thinking and physical health. Some of the signs of Paxipam addiction, or any drug addiction, can include:

  • Drug use becomes compulsive and out of control
  • Attempts to stop using Paxipam or another substance have been unsuccessful
  • Substance use continues, despite negative physical, emotional or lifestyle outcomes
  • Declines in school or work performance occur
  • The drug is the number one priority, and other things that were once priorities are sacrificed
  • There is a preoccupation to maintain a supply of the drug
  • Unnecessary risk-taking takes place, either when under the influence or when one attempts to get more of the drug
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Excessive consumption
  • Legal and financial problems start to occur
  • Relationship problems

A Paxipam addiction can be characterized as mild or severe. This usually depends on how many of the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder a person displays. For example, if someone has two of the signs and symptoms of Paxipam use, it can be considered to be a mild addiction. If someone has several or more, it can be a severe addiction. Along with influences like environment and genetics, other factors could put someone at a higher risk of developing an substance use disorder. One risk factor is having a mental illness or mental health condition. This is especially true with benzodiazepines like Paxipam. Since benzodiazepines are often prescribed to treat mental health conditions, people who are prescribed these drugs may be more likely to develop substance use disorder.

Over time, benzodiazepine abuse can not only lead to lifestyle complications and adverse side effects, but also to health concerns. People who are struggling with addiction to benzodiazepine drugs like Paxipam may suffer health problems and complications, as a result. They may have sleeping and eating problems or long-term cognitive and memory impairments.

The best thing anyone can do, whether they are suffering from substance use disorder or if their loved one is, is to learn more about treatment. As a chronic disease, substance use disorder requires proper treatment and for most people, that’s the only option. Contact The Recovery Village to learn more.

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