Zetran Withdrawal and Detox

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Zetran, a brand name of the drug diazepam, is classified as a benzodiazepine. Benzos like Zetran have the potential to be not only cause psychological devotion, but users can also develop a physical dependence. Psychological addiction and physical dependence are two things that are completely separate from one another. Addiction refers to a chronic brain disease, in which substance misuse becomes compulsive. With addiction, the taking of substances is outside the person’s control. Dependence is physical. With dependence, a person’s body becomes so used to the presence of a certain substance that if they stop using it suddenly, it shocks their system. When someone is dependent on Zetran, and they stop taking it suddenly, they may experience withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms occur as the body tries to readjust without the presence of the drug.
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Zetran acts on certain brain neurotransmitters including GABA. When neurotransmitters are affected by a substance, they can lead to physical dependence. The brain starts to believe it doesn’t need to produce its own GABA after it’s exposed to a benzo like Zetran for a period of time. Because Zetran and other benzos affect the user physically and mentally, symptoms of the body removing it from its system do as well. Some of the psychological symptoms of Zetran withdrawal include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Confusion or mental fogginess
  • Psychosis or losing touch with reality
  • Depression

Physical symptoms of Zetran withdrawal can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Vision problems
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Symptoms that are like the flu
  • Diarrhea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Abdominal pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Vertigo

People often wonder if stopping Zetran can be deadly. It isn’t usually on its own, but if someone is a polydrug misuser, then withdrawal can be severe. Polydrug use often includes a combination of Zetran and alcohol, and as much as 40 percent of alcoholics also misuse benzodiazepines like Zetran. If someone is a polydrug misuser, complications can occur during Zetran withdrawal, such as delirium tremens. Delerium tremors lead to full-body tremors and a sense of mental delirium. Also possible with polydrug withdrawal are grand mal seizures, which are severe seizures. Grand mal seizures are most often seen in people being cleansed from alcohol dependence. If a person uses both alcohol and benzos, the risk of these severe seizures is even higher, as is the risk of complications.

Zetran Withdrawal and Detox
There isn’t one clear answer as to what the Zetran withdrawal timeline would look like, but there are some general things to consider with stopping any benzo intake. First, Zetran is a long-acting benzo, released in the body over a period of time. This means that withdrawal symptoms will probably last for longer than short-acting benzos. Other factors that play a role in the Zetran withdrawal timeline include the dosage a person took, the length of their use, and their body chemistry.

Zetran withdrawal usually begins within about 24 hours after the last dose is taken. At this point, symptoms can include sleep disturbances, nausea, and vomiting. Following the earliest stages of Zetran withdrawal, symptoms will then start to become psychological as well as physical. New symptoms that emerge during this time can include anxiety and irritability. Following the first two weeks of Zetran withdrawal, there may be longer-lasting symptoms. Long-lasting symptoms of Zetran withdrawal tend to include depression and anxiety. The longer someone used Zetran, the longer their withdrawal symptoms are likely to persist.

The best option for a safe Zetran detox is to go to a professional, accredited facility. A medical detox ensures that a patient is kept as safe and comfortable as possible as they go through Zetran withdrawal. There are certain medications a patient can be given, and their vitals can be monitored to ensure they’re safe. Following a Zetran detox, a person can then enter a treatment program to address the psychological and lifestyle components of recovering from a psychological disease.

The Recovery Village is an accredited detox and treatment center. We work with patients who are physically dependent on benzodiazepines and other substances. The first step of treatment is always a successful detox. From there, patients can move on to receive treatment that will help them to recover successfully.

(Village, n.d.)

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