Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects of Zetran Misuse

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Zetran is a brand name medication, with the active ingredient diazepam. Diazepam is also the active ingredient in Valium, and this substance is classified as a benzodiazepine. Benzodiazepines are believed to work in the brain and central nervous system in a calming way. When someone takes Zetran, it’s thought to increase the effects of something called GABA. GABA is a brain neurotransmitter that calms neural activity. Zetran is known not only as a calming drug, but also as a sedative, muscle relaxant, and anticonvulsant. It’s intended only for short-term use, however. This is because, as with other benzodiazepines, there is the potential for misuse and the occurrence of psychological disease. Benzodiazepines are among the most misused drugs in the U.S., and they’re also some of the most commonly prescribed. The most well-known benzos are Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. Valium also has the active ingredient diazepam, so it has many of the same effects as Zetran. When someone takes Zetran, it relaxes their body and their brain, as is the case with other tranquilizers. This is an effect that can be very appealing to some people. Due to the risk of Zetran misuse, doctors tend to go over patients’ medical history and any struggles they may have had with drugs or alcohol prior to prescribing the drug.
If someone is prescribed to use Zetran or another benzo, it can be very difficult to determine whether they’re misusing it or taking it as prescribed. The line between prescribed use and misuse can be blurry.  First, some important distinctions should be made. Zetran misuse is different from a psychological devotion to the drug. Zetran misuse can actually occur with or without this psychological need. Signs of Zetran misuse can include taking more of the drug than what’s prescribed, taking it more often than what’s instructed, or taking the medication without a prescription. Signs of Zetran misuse can include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Problems with coordination
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches and pains
Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects of Zetran Misuse
Zetran addiction refers to a compulsive need to take the drug that is outside the control of the person involved. Psychological devotion to occurrence of use comes about when a substance activates certain reward centers in the brain. This triggers the brain to want to continue using the drug. Signs of Zetran addiction include:

  • Compulsive drug-seeking behavior
  • A constant focus on getting the next dose of Zetran
  • Continuing to take it even when there are negative consequences
  • Being dishonest or stealing to get more Zetran
  • Forging prescriptions
  • Purchasing Zetran or other benzodiazepines illegally
  • Doctor shopping to get multiple prescriptions
  • Stealing medications from friends or family
Along with Zetran misuse and addiction signs, there is something else to consider, which is physical dependence. Physical dependence is very likely with the use of benzodiazepines like Zetran. Even when people take these medications as instructed, they can become physically dependent on them. This risk is why Zetran is only intended to be taken for a short period of time. Even when someone isn’t misusing Zetran or addicted to it, they can become physically dependent. One of the primary signs of Zetran dependence is going through withdrawal when usage is suddenly stopped. Zetran withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Raised heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

The symptoms of Zetran withdrawal can last for a few days, but some of the symptoms may linger for several months. The symptoms that tend to last the longest when someone is physically dependent on Zetran include depression, anxiety, and insomnia. As someone develops a tolerance to Zetran, which means they need higher doses to achieve the same effects, they’re more likely to become dependent.

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Along with the signs and symptoms of Zetran misuse, there are also side effects that begin to occur in the life of the user. These side effects of Zetran misuse can be physical, mental and also lifestyle-related. Some of the long-term side effects of Zetran misuse include hallucinations, low blood pressure, coma, seizures, depression and suicidal thoughts. Other side effects of recurrence of use can include confusion, anxiety, headaches, irritability, body aches and pains and fatigue. For people who struggle with substance use disorder, there may also be side effects related to their lifestyle. Lifestyle side effects of Zetran misuse can include damaged relationships with spouses, loved ones, and family members, as well as financial problems. People who struggle with Zetran misuse may have problems in their career or at school, they may withdraw from responsibilities, and addiction can lead to legal problems as well.

If you or a loved one is displaying the signs, symptoms and side effects of Zetran misuse, psychological addiction or physical dependence, contact The Recovery Village. We can work with you to create an individualized treatment plan addressing all aspects of your benzodiazepine misuse so that you have the highest chance of successful recovery.

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