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Triazolam Withdrawal

Triazolam Withdrawal

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Alternative to Meds Center knows how easy it is for triazolam withdrawal to get out of one’s control, and provides inpatient treatment that is exceptional in results and ease for our clients. 


We understand how difficult it can be to find a physician familiar enough with triazolam withdrawal (or other benzodiazepines) as the truth is that this information is not included in medical school curricula. 

The center aims to provide other options than a lifetime of remaining on medications that are presenting a declining or even dangerous benefit-to-risk ratio. 

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For over 15 years Alternative to Meds Center has been able to provide exceptional triazolam withdrawal treatment, with published evidence regarding our success. We have observed that in most cases, underlying or root causes are not even vaguely addressed before relying on a prescription of potentially harmful drugs. This can lead, in many cases, to having fully treatable conditions left not addressed, or the patient being misdiagnosed entirely. 

Triazolam withdrawal can invoke some pretty nasty and even dangerous symptoms, but our program is based on years of successful treatments and strategies to minimize these reactions greatly. This allows for a tapering experience that is not only safer but much easier to tolerate. We know there are less toxic and more effective ways to deal with unwanted symptoms, such as insomnia, that may be much more suitable than harsh drugs over a person’s lifetime.   

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Why was triazolam (Halcion) banned in the UK? 

Triazolam (brand name Halcion) was banned back in 1991 in the UK (and other countries like Brazil, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Argentina, etc., but not in the USA) and failed in the manufacturer’s bid to re-license the drug years later in 1999. At the time of the ban, it was reportedly the most frequently prescribed sleeping pill in the world. But, it was banned due to reports that showed the drug caused a much higher incidence of “psychiatric conditions” such as amnesia, hallucinations, anxiety, addiction, and depression. 

Words like amnesia and depression sound quite generic, banal almost. However, in the case of Halcion, some reports sound more like the script from a horror movie. One woman shot her mother while on the drug, with no recollection (amnesia) of the event. Halcion also has been used as a “date rape” drug because it dissolves easily in alcohol, it has heavy sedation effects, it works very quickly, and leaves the victim with no memory of being raped.

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Other dangerous reactions were noted as convulsions, suicidality, confusion, cramps, sleep-driving, etc. The drug has also been cited for fatalities where the drug causes potassium serum levels to become dangerously elevated. Other reactions to the drug, especially over longterm use have been reported as paranoia, agitation, hostility, and delusions. It is worth noting that the FDA found Halcion no worse than other drugs in its class for such reactions, and so decided not to ban it.  (2) (3)

For these and other reasons, a person who has been taking Halcion for any length of time is likely considering triazolam withdrawal, and this would be best done within a safe and secure setting. 

Triazolam Withdrawal and Insomnia  

Triazolam’s primary use was for insomnia. Updates to the FDA drug label in recent times indicate that a person should only take the drug for 7  – 10 days at most. However, abundant literature indicates that in many cases, the drug is taken for far longer periods of time. Generally, the longer a person stays on a drug, the more difficult the tapering process likely will be. The bottom line is that this drug doesn’t cure insomnia but does commonly create dependence/addiction and a host of other complications after a couple of weeks, or even years, (4)

Another Approach to Insomnia Besides Sleeping Pills

Taking a more effective approach, Alternative to Meds Center uses testing to uncover what could be undiagnosed medical conditions, deficiencies in diet, hormone imbalances, allergies, the presence of neurotoxic burden in the body, and other pertinent areas of investigation.

Looking for the root cause(s) for ongoing insomnia can open the door to actually fixing the problem whether it is chronic insomnia, anxiety, depression, or other unwanted symptoms. This is quite different than the “drug-based” treatments that don’t actually fix anything and often cause symptoms to worsen instead of improving over time. During the triazolam withdrawal program, these types of investigations are carried out so that our clients can actually resolve the insomnia issues as well as come off the benzodiazepine in a comfortable, safe inpatient setting. 

Effective Triazolam Withdrawal Treatment – Find Out More

To find out more about the protocols that have been used in our programs for over 15 years, please call us and we will provide you information on the program, length of time, costs, insurance coverage, and any other questions you may have about your own particular situation or that of a loved one. Find out how the triazolam withdrawal program at the Alternative to Meds Center might be the exact type of effective help you or your loved one has been searching for.


 

(1) “European court upholds UK ban on Halcion” (Dyer) published by the BMJ in February 1999 and the US National Library of Medicine, accessed February 13, 2020.

(2) “Executive Summary – Halcion”  (National Academies Press, US) in 1997, accessed online February 13, 2020.

(3) “Sweet Dreams or Nightmare?” (Cowley) published in Newsweek, 1991, accessed online February 13, 2020.

(4) FDA label Halcion (triazolam) accessed online February 13, 2020.


 


This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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