What is Tranxene Used For?
Tranxene is an anxiolytic/sedative in the benzodiazepine class. Anxiety and stress of day to day life does not usually require medication with a benzodiazepine drug.
Tranxene is used for short-term management of anxiety disorders, but should not be used longer than four weeks in most cases.
It is also used in alcohol withdrawal as a safety measure to prevent seizures, for a period of several days until the patient stabilizes, and it is tapered off gently.
Tranxene is prescribed in the management of epileptic seizures, requiring regular monitoring if the period of time in treatment extends out past four months.
Tranxene Alternative Names and Slang
Tranquilizers are commonly sold on the street for their euphoric effects and are sometimes referred to as “blue bombs,” “tranks,” “downers,” “blues,” “ruffles,” or other slang terms.
Tranxene is the brand name for this benzodiazepine drug, presumably named after its tranquilizing effects.
Tranxene Side Effects
Like other tranquilizers in the benzodiazepine class, it can produce various adverse effects. Some of these might be very mild, where others could be quite a bit more severe. Always be aware of changes that occur and see your prescribing physician if anything unusual or concerning happens.
Some of these are:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Cravings for more of the drug than was prescribed
- Tremors or other movement disorders, tics, spasms
- Loss of memory, amnesia
- Changes in energy, i.e., fatigue, drowsiness, tiredness
- Changes in vision, i.e., blurred vision, altered perception, sensitivity to light
- Emotional reactions, mood swings, sadness, nervousness, agitation, irritability, anger
- Sleep disturbances, insomnia, nightmares, unusual dreams
- Aches and pains, such as headache, stomach pain, muscle aches
- Digestive or gastrointestinal changes, such as constipation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary problems
- Loss of balance, dizziness, vertigo
- Cognitive changes, such as confusion, inability to focus or concentrate
- Skin rashes, can be severe with fever and other symptoms requiring medical attention
- Dry mouth
Tranxene Withdrawal Symptoms
The class of drugs that Tranxene belongs to, namely the benzodiazepine class is known to potentially cause dependence after as little as a few weeks. That is why they are usually only prescribed for a short time up to a maximum of 4 weeks.
Even when Tranxene is used for a few days in alcohol withdrawals, the drug is gently tapered off when the alcohol detox is complete, to soften any potential Tranxene withdrawals.
Nonetheless, coming off Tranxene even when taken for a short time may produce withdrawal effects as the body readjusts to a normal state. Abrupt cessation is dangerous and according to the FDA label information, can cause the most extreme and deadly withdrawals.1
Gradual cessation is always recommended for benzodiazepines. Some of these withdrawal effects may include:
- Rebound anxiety
- Rebound insomnia
- Memory impairment
- Profuse sweating
- Tremors, shaking
- Mood or behavior changes
- Runny nose
- Stomach aches
- Muscle aches
Generally, the longer the time taking Tranxene, and the higher the dosage, the more extreme the withdrawals likely will be. Abruptly stopping the drug can result in seizures, convulsions and even death. Always seek guidance and direction concerning how to gradually reduce the dosage of Tranxene or similar drugs.
If a person has been on a high dose of Tranxene for a long time, i.e., more than a month, the best recommendation and safest way to proceed would be to consider an inpatient medically monitored setting so that you can safely navigate through the process as smoothly and gently as possible.