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Getting Treatment for Restoril Addiction

Restoril (temazepam) is a benzodiazepine, a class of drugs that function as central nervous system depressants. Like other drugs in its class, Restoril’s primary function is increasing the release of the neurotransmitter gamma–aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, meaning that when it is released, it serves to slow down functioning of the neurons and other cells in the brain and spinal cord. As a result, anyone who uses Restoril will experience a feeling of relaxation, sedation, and a reduction in stress and anxiety.

Restoril is primarily prescribed as a sleep enhancer and typically available in capsule or pill form at doses between 7.5 mg and 30 mg. The use of benzodiazepines like Restoril as sleep enhancers should only be initiated as a short-term strategy; using behavioral methods of sleep enhancement are more effective in the long run. That being said, physicians often prescribe Restoril to individuals on an ongoing basis. As with all benzodiazepines, tolerance to Restoril (needing more of the drug to achieve the effects that one once experienced at lower doses) develops rather rapidly, and most individuals find that higher doses of the drug are needed over time.

Restoril, like other benzodiazepines, is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. This means that Restoril can only be legally obtained with a prescription from a physician and should only be used according to its prescribed instructions.

In addition to the aforementioned effects of Restoril, some of the more common side effects of using the drug can include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Hangover-like effects
  • Dizziness
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Mildly slurred speech
  • Anxiety
  • Headache
  • Nausea

In some cases, people can experience more severe side effects that may require medical attention or discontinuation of the drug, such as:

  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Restoril Abuse

In general, people who use Restoril and other benzodiazepines strictly for medicinal purposes (e.g., to initiate sleep or maintain sleep) and under the supervision of a physician are not considered to have substance use disorders even if they develop physical dependence on the drug.

The abuse of a drug occurs when an individual uses it for nonmedicinal reasons and experiences negative ramifications as a result of use, but demonstrates issues with control by still using the drug in spite of the negative ramifications produced. Individuals who obtain Restoril illegally and regularly use it for psychoactive effects are abusing the drug, and even individuals with prescriptions who use the drug outside its prescribed uses (e.g., mixed with alcohol to enhance its psychoactive effects, use more of the drug than prescribed, etc.) are displaying signs of a substance use disorder.