Etizolam is a Benzodiazapine type drug that is used to treat insomnia. In addition, the drug also has anti-anxiety and muscle relaxant properties. A typical bed time dose of Etizolam is one 0.5 milligram tablet taken about 20 minutes before bedtime.
Insomnia can be caused by a variety of factors. Stress and worry can cause a person to lose sleep. In addition, physical illness such as a thyroid dysfunction can result in insomnia. Therefore, it is important to identify the likely cause of the insomnia before treatment is initiated.
Availability Of The Drug/ uses:
Etizolam is not currently available in the United States. Therefore, the drug can not be prescribed legally by a Physician within the US. The drug is said to be of no medical use in the US at the present time. However, the drug can be prescribed by Physician’s in countries such as Italy and Japan.
This drug is also effective for treating panic or anxiety disorders. For patients experiencing problems with anxiety the typical dose is 1 milligram tablet three times a day. It is always best to start a patient at the lowest possible dose of this medication. A physician can either increase or decrease the dosage of Etizolam once patient response to the drug is documented.
This medication is quite effective for those suffering from chronic type insomnia. Etizolam is much safer in comparison to some of the older and outdated sedative hypnotic drugs. Etizolam can be taken for periods of 8 or more weeks. However, drug free intervals of one or more weeks should be initiated to minimize the possibility of addiction or dependence.
Etizolam is considered a safe sedative hypnoyic drug due to a variety of factors:
- No residual or hangover effect.
- No REM sleep disturbances.
- Does not depress breathing.
- Difficult to committ suicide with Etizolam.
Etizolam as well as most Benzodiazapine related drugs will not produce a hangover effect. Many of the older hypnotic drugs including the Barbiturates did produce a hangover effect the next morning.
Etizolam will not disturb REM sleep. Rapid Eye Movement sleep occurs when a person is experiencing dreaming. This is a normal occurrence when sleep occurs. Dreaming serves as an outlet for repressed feelings. This medication will no effect REM sleep therefore, for the most part the patient is experiencing restful sleep.
Etizolam has little effect on breathing. Therefore, the drug has a larger safety margin in comparison with Barbiturates. Barbiturates depress respiration making them ideal drugs for committing suicide. It is much more difficult to commit suicide if you take overdoses of Benzodiazapine drugs.
Benzodiazapine drugs can still be abused and they can become habit forming after prolonged use. Therefore, patients taking Etizolam should be carefully monitored a physician. Physicians must caution patients about the following while taking Etizolam:
- Do not increase dose on their own.
- Do not consume alcohol while taking Etizolam.
- Never combine Etizolam with other hypnotic drugs.
- Do not abruptly discontinue the drug.
Exercising Caution/Prolonged Usage:
Patients taking Etizolam for extended periods of time should periodocally be evaluated by their Physician. Physician evaluation should determine if the patient is benefiting from prolonged Etizolam therapy. In addition, the physician should look for signs of drug dependence.
Taking Benzodiazapines for prolonged periods of time can in some cases have effects on the liver and kidneys. This should be of particular concern if the patient has known liver or kidney problems. However, blood tests should clearly reveal if in fact this drug is adversely effecting the patients kidney or liver function.
Taking any Benzodiazapine drug for extended periods of time can cause a degree of dependence. Drug dependence can be characterized by the following:
- A physiological desire to continue taking the drug.
- Behavorial changes including depression.
- Suicidal thoughts.
As with any Benzodiazapine drug, this medication can cause drowsiness and it may effect motor skills. Therefore, caution must be exercised in relation to the following:
- Operating machinery.
- Avoiding tasks that require intensive concentration skills.
It is well known that this drug can be purchased online. However, it is advisable that you are under the care of a Physician while taking this medication. Ordering this medication from on line sources can be dangerous for a variety of reasons and should be avoided.
Ordering Etizolam on line can result in serious consequences. Caution must be exercised if ordering Etizolam online. Consequences of on line ordering include:
- Receiving a drug that may be contaminated.
- Adverse side effects.
- Likely incidence of abusing the drug.
When a patient is not under the care of a competent physician they can easily increase drug dosage which can result in over-sedation and possibly over-dosage. In addition, when the patient can obtain a controlled drug easily the potential for abusing the medication is much greater.
Literature suggests that Etizolam is most preferred over other medications within the Benzodiazapine class. Etizolam is preferred over the following drugs:
It is possible that Etizolam is preferred over other Benzodiazapine drugs due to its sedating properties. Drugs such as valium and xanax may produce a more relaxed sensation as opposed to sedation. Therefore, a medication such as Etizolam is better suited for treating severe and reoccurring insomnia.
Etizolam is marketed and sold under various brand names. Brand names for this drug include Etizest, Depas and Sedekopan. This drug may be under different names in the UK and Australia.
Etizolam appears to work very well for anxiety as well as insomnia. However, due to the fact that the drug is not approved in the United States may cause an individual to obtain the drug from on line sources.
It is important to understand every possible risk if you elect to take this medication for anxiety or to treat a sleep disorder. Self dosing can become dangerous because you are not being monitored by a Physician.
When a drug such as this is readily available the greater risk can become abuse and addiction. Therefore, if you elect to order this medication on line make certain you follow the directions contained on the package insert.
Etizolam has been around since the early 1980’s. The drug was used in Japan as far back as 1982. This medication is registered as a controlled drug in some foreign countries. Therefore, Etizolam is tightly controlled and monitored.
Controlled substances are more closely watched by authorities as well as the pharmacy due to the following:
- High abuse potential.
- Possibility of Re-selling the medication to others.
- Drug Addiction/ serious withdraw.
There is nothing to indicate that Etizolam will one day be available for sale in the United States. The DEA may seem no reason to add an additional drug to their list of medicines that have a potential for being abused. In addition, Etizolam must first receive an FDA seal of approval from the US Government before it can become available for sale within the United States.