Halcion Use – The Signs and Symptoms

Last Updated: December 18, 2019

Authored by Olivier George, Ph.D.

Halcion is a drug primarily used for treating insomnia. Therefore, it helps the patient fall asleep faster and contributes to a good night’s sleep.
Its generic name is Triazolam, which is a member of the benzodiazepine family. This is along with Valium, Xanax, Klonopin. In addition, this substance belongs to a sedative-hypnotic group of drugs. It functions as a central nervous system depressant. As a result, it causes drowsiness. Halcion use is also known to enhance the effects of substances in the brain which reduce brain activity. Therefore, it promotes better sleep. The onset of action is very quick, and the half-life of the drug is short – around 1.5 – 3 hours in most cases. Halcion is a controlled substance and can be legally obtained only by a doctor’s prescription.

Spotting Halcion Use Signs

Many people conduct Halcion use without realizing they are forming a habit. Consequently, it can result in addiction. Habitual use can result in increased daily doses. Certain behaviors can suggest that an individual needs help. Pay attention to the following signs to recognize the Halcion use:

  • Empty prescription bottles all around the person’s stuff, car, room
  • Repetitive use of Halcion even without a prescription
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Frequent change of doctors in order to get new prescriptions
  • Social withdrawal
  • Strange behavior
  • Slowed speech
  • Inability to fulfill daily obligations
  • Failures at school or work
  • Using Halcion every day in order to deal with stress
  • Financial difficulties
  • Cravings for Halcion
  • Becoming irritable
  • Flu-like symptoms, extreme sleepiness
  • Anxiousness

Most Common Signs of Halcion Use

In some cases, patients will begin to take larger doses than prescribed. This is because their body develops a tolerance. Some of the common signs and symptoms of Halcion use include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Breathing problems
  • Amnesia
  • Hostility
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Tachycardia
  • Sedation
  • Mild euphoria
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal thoughts

Long Term Signs of Halcion Use

Every patient should be aware of the side effects the medicine he/she is using can lead to. Of course, this is especially important when addictive drugs are in question. Some of the long-term signs of Halcion use may be the following:

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Memory impairment
  • Changes in menstrual periods
  • Hearing loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Cardiovascular problems – tachycardia
  • Skin alterations
  • Liver problems
  • Lung problems
  • Eating disorders

Dealing With Halcion Abuse

If someone may have a drug abuse problem, do not hesitate to intervene because the response can save a life. It is important for the approach to be careful and non-aggressive. The drug user should feel and receive the support and admit he/she has a problem.
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If one is not sure how to conduct an intervention, the best move would be to consult an expert. When is the best time to stage an intervention? It is when the person is less likely to be intoxicated, drowsy and confused.
After confronting the problem, detox is obligatory. Many people recovering from Halcion use can experience insomnia for a few days. Therefore, the process is very hard to handle.
One should plan the following treatment with a specialist according to each personal case. It often includes the use of less potent benzodiazepine, in the beginning. Then, slowly reducing the dose over a certain period of time.
Support groups and meetings are very important for an ex-user’s psychical well-being. As a result, it can help him/her to get back on track.

Page Sources

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Published on: May 3rd, 2017

Updated on: December 18th, 2019

About Author

Olivier George, Ph.D.

Olivier George is a medical writer and head manager of the rehab center in California. He spends a lot of time in collecting and analyzing the traditional approaches for substance abuse treatment and assessing their efficiency.


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