Bromazepam has a strong potential for addiction or dependence if taken for more than a short time. Side effects of the drug can be mild to moderate or severe and particular care should be taken not to mix it with other CNS depressants, such as alcohol.
Special care must be taken when stopping the use of Bromazepam.
Some information on these topics and additional FAQ’s can be found below concerning this anti-anxiety medication.
Bromazepam is used as an anti-anxiety agent, and is sometimes prescribed “as needed”, for instance, to prevent a full-blown panic attack, for sleeping, tension, and before minor surgery.
Bromazepam is not sold in the US but is available in France and possibly other countries under trade names such as Bromaze, Somalium, Lexatin, Brazepam, and others.
It is not clear whether slang names have developed over the fifty-plus years it has been around, except that as it is a benzodiazepine drug, in some circles it might be generally referred to as “a downer” , “a trank”, “candy”, or simply “a benzo”.
Side effects of Bromazepam are not unlike those of other benzodiazepine drugs. Not all possible side effects are listed here; if a person experiences a significant discomfort, seek medical attention. Bromazepam side effects can include:
Withdrawal symptoms will emerge after taking the drug for more than one or two weeks. For this reason the drug should never be abruptly stopped but slowly tapered off under medical supervision.
If the tapering process is done slowly and with adequate support, withdrawals may be mild to moderate. However, some effects may present as more intense than expected even with a gradual reduction and may require medical intervention to avoid fatality.2
Bromazepam withdrawal symptoms may include:
The body quickly becomes tolerant to Bromazepam, requiring more of the drug to attain the same level of sedation. When the drug is withdrawn, even after as little as one to two weeks, withdrawals will likely present. These can be severe reactions, and can be life-threatening especially if the drug is stopped abruptly.2
Always seek medical assistance so that the drug can be slowly tapered down to reduce withdrawal symptoms as much as possible.
Information is not readily available in the US on this drug. Below is information relating to Bromazepam and some of the most frequently asked about topics where any information is available.
Bromazepam abuse and addiction may become problematic quite quickly after starting to use this potent benzodiazepine drug. In France, where the drug is prescribed as an anti-anxiety agent, as well as for other purposes as outlined above, it is the most common drug used for intentional overdose.(4)
Medically monitored withdrawal is the safest recommendation, as there may be some complications requiring immediate intervention, such as airway collapse, severe respiratory failure, loss of consciousness, psychoses and other extreme scenarios that would be best handled in a secure hospital setting.
Alternative to Meds Center commonly has international clients who come to us from all over the world. We welcome all clients and can assist with information about how to travel to the US for our services.
Dr. Michael Loes is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pain Management and Addiction Medicine. He holds a dual license in Homeopathic and Integrative Medicine. He obtained his medical doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1978. Dr. Loes performed an externship at the National Institute of Health for Psychopharmacology. Additionally, he is a well-published author including Arthritis: The Doctor’s Cure, The Aspirin Alternative, The Healing Response, and Spirit Driven Health: The Psalmist’s Guide for Recovery. He has been awarded the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s “Excellence in Research” Award.