Side effects of benzodiazepines can include coordination problems, drowsiness, slurred speech, confusion and cognition problems. Other side effects may include changes in mood, depression, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth or slow breathing. In high doses and with recreational use, side effects can include extremely slow reflexes and drowsiness, rapid mood swings, erratic behavior, and impaired judgment. Over time, long-term effects of Prosom and other benzos can include disorientation, memory problems, slowed speech patterns and muscle weakness. People who are long-term benzodiazepine users tend to show signs of cognitive impairment and unclear thinking.
- Muscle weakness
- Extreme loss of coordination
- Extreme drowsiness
- Severe changes in mental condition
- Loss of consciousness
- Problems breathing
The best way to reduce the risk of a Prosom overdose is to take this drug only as prescribed by a physician. It shouldn’t be used recreationally or without a prescription. It’s also important to let a physician know about any other drugs or substances used regularly before taking estazolam; the vast majority of overdoses are the result of a combination of benzodiazepines and other substances. It’s rarer to overdose on a benzodiazepine alone, although it is possible. Two substances in particular that are often associated with benzodiazepine overdoses are alcohol and opioids. Benzos, alcohol and opioids are all central nervous system depressants. When they’re combined with one another they can cause such severe respiratory depression that the person loses consciousness or dies.
If you or someone you love is abusing benzodiazepines like Prosom, alcohol, opioids or another substance, treatment can help lead to recovery. Call The Recovery Village to learn about available treatment options, how to begin treatment and how to cover the costs.
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