Tranxene Addiction and Abuse
Schedule IV drugs are benzodiazepines including not only clorazepate but also brand-name drugs like Xanax, Soma, Valium, and Ambien. These drugs are classified as having accepted medical uses and a low potential for misuse and physical dependence, but the risk still exists. In fact, over recent years the topic of benzodiazepine misuse and addiction have become a point of focus.
When someone uses a drug like Tranxene, they may experience a feeling of euphoria, or pleasant relaxation. This can cause a reward response in the brain. When a reward response is triggered, it can lead to the development of the psychological disease of addiction. Addiction is a brain disease with diagnosable symptoms. Symptoms include continuing to administer a substance even when there are negative consequences or putting an immense amount of attention on taking the substance. The likelihood of Tranxene addiction is higher in people who misuse the drug. Misuse of Tranxene would include taking larger doses than prescribed or taking it more often than instructed. People who take it for long periods of time or without a prescription are also more likely to become addicted.
Because of the risk of Tranxene addiction and misuse, it’s intended only as a short-term medication. If people have a history of drug or alcohol misuse or physical dependence, they might also need to avoid Tranxene. People with a history of mental health problems including depression are also warned about the use of this medication.
Some people may inadvertently combine Tranxene with other substances, and this can be dangerous. Other users may do it recreationally to achieve more of a high. For example, it’s not uncommon to combine a benzodiazepine like Tranxene with an opioid or alcohol. This would increase the effects of both, but there are many risks of doing so. Misusing Tranxene by combining it with another substance increases the chance of becoming addicted. It can also lead to a fatal overdose because of respiratory depression. Clorazepate products contain a block box warning about the risk of CNS and respiratory depression, particularly when combined with opioids.
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