Restoril Overdose Risk
There are some ways people who use the drug can prevent a benzodiazepine overdose. First, before a patient is prescribed one of these drugs, they should speak with their doctor about any substances they take. This can include other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and substances like alcohol. A patient should also talk with their doctor about their full medical history. Certain health conditions increase the chances of an overdose. Someone with a history of substance misuse may not be a good candidate to take a benzodiazepine like Restoril. If someone is prescribed Restoril or another benzodiazepine, they should take it exactly as prescribed. Restoril shouldn’t be used recreationally or without a prescription.
The more severe symptoms of a Restoril overdose occur when other substances are used as well, and especially if those substances are also central nervous system depressants. One of the biggest risks is mixing Restoril and opioid pain relievers. Both depress the central nervous system and respiration; so when they’re combined, they can do so at a toxic or deadly level. Certain people are at even higher risk of overdoses when they mix Restoril and other substances than the average population. This includes older adults and people who aren’t opioid-tolerant. People with chronic health conditions or impaired hepatic function may be at a higher risk of overdose as well. Someone who has overdosed on a combination of Restoril and opioids may have symptoms such as nodding off or losing consciousness, vomiting, slowed breathing or heart rate, or have a bluish tint to their lips or fingernails. Other potential Restoril overdose symptoms can include impaired thinking and judgment, concentration problems, tremors, weakness and seizures.
If someone believes an overdose has occurred, the only thing to do is seek emergency help as soon as possible. There are some benzodiazepine antidotes available, and there are antidotes for opioid overdoses as well. Getting help right away is extremely important because complications from an overdose can include brain and muscle damage, coma, aspiration or death. One benzodiazepine antidote option is called Flumazenil. Along with antidotes, other treatments for someone who’s overdosed can include supportive care to maintain fluids and help increase things like blood pressure and heart rate.
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