Prosom Addiction and Abuse
Insomnia is a common condition that affects many people in the U.S. Insomnia symptoms include trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Insomnia, particularly if it’s a chronic condition, can cause impairment during the day. People with insomnia may experience fatigue, memory impairment, loss of concentration, loss of motivation, declines in overall functioning, stomach problems and anxiety.
While Prosom does have some therapeutic benefits, it is meant to treat only short-term insomnia. The best course of action for patients using Prosom is to take it for no more than a few weeks and then to move into a non-prescription sleep management plan. In some cases, Prosom may also be given to patients before they have surgery or operations. Side effects of Prosom can include feeling drowsy during the day, memory problems, issues with balance and coordination, nausea, dry mouth, headache and muscle weakness.
Prosom abuse refers to a scenario in which someone uses this medication in a way other than what is prescribed. For example, taking Prosom more often or in larger doses than a physician has directed can be described as abuse. Taking Prosom without a prescription is always considered abuse. Another form of Prosom abuse occurs if someone purposely combines the medication with other substances, such as alcohol or opioids, to increase the effects. It’s possible to develop a Prosom addiction without abusing the drug and when taking it as prescribed, but Prosom addiction is more likely to follow a pattern of abuse. Along with the reward response that can occur with Prosom, some people may become addicted to the sense of relaxation they feel when taking it.
Something else to note when discussing Prosom addiction and abuse are the risks of combining the drug with other substances. The majority of drug overdoses and related ER visits involve a benzodiazepine. Benzos slow the central nervous system, as do substances like alcohol and prescription opioids. If a person combines Prosom with alcohol or another CNS depressant, their risk of overdose becomes higher.
If you or a loved one is struggling with Prosom addiction or abuse, or any other substance use disorder, The Recovery Village can help. Please contact us. We can answer questions you may have about addiction, treatment and insurance coverage.
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