Mysoline is the brand name for the generic drug primidone, which is prescribed to treat tremors, epilepsy, and conditions that produce convulsions. It works by suppressing seizures and convulsions through the slowing down of electrical activity in the brain. The medication is called an anticonvulsant.
Mysoline is a barbiturate and is in a class of drugs known as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Barbiturates are some of the most addictive drugs on the market, which led to many medications being banned for that reason. However, Mysoline and drugs like it, are still prescribed in certain cases.
Mysoline addiction can develop before the person taking the drug realizes it. Often called “brain relaxers,” barbiturates like Mysoline can produce the same effects that alcohol does. People who abuse Mysoline use it to get “high,” which gives the person the same feeling as being drunk. Mysoline can also be abused to counteract the effects of stimulants, such as cocaine.
Someone who is abusing Mysoline may show signs of being addicted to it. Among them are:
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Mysoline is widely known to cause chemical dependency quickly, so it is a good idea to learn and recognize the above addiction symptoms and inform the prescribing physician immediately.
Addiction, as explained by the American Psychiatric Association, “is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences.”
The first sign of a substance use disorder (or addiction) is a growing tolerance to Mysoline.
When the brain begins to adapt to the drug, the prescribed dose starts to feel less effective. When using barbiturates like Mysoline, it is best to notify the doctor if or when the prescribed dose does not seem to be working anymore. It may be time to lower the dosage or change medications.
If you continue to take the drug despite the tolerance, a chemical dependency on Mysoline may occur. When this happens, the individual taking the drug might take a higher dose to feel the same effects as the originally prescribed dose. If the dose is lowered or stopped, the person could experience withdrawal symptoms such as:
Addiction, also called substance use disorder, is characterized by compulsive drug use despite the consequences. Addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life, from finances and relationships to health and legal status.
When a person enters an addiction treatment facility, they undergo an in-depth assessment to determine their treatment needs. This involves clinical and medical evaluations based on standards from the ASAM criteria.
Mysoline is an addictive and dangerous medication that could cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, even when used as prescribed.
The individual will be placed in 24-hour medical detoxification first, as this step is meant to ensure the client’s safety throughout the process.
This occurs in a licensed detox facility. When detox is complete, the client may be placed in a residential program, an intensive outpatient program, or an outpatient program, depending on their level of substance abuse.
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