Estazolam Withdrawal

Estazolam is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class that is used as a muscle relaxant, to help ease anxiety, insomnia, as well as a few other select disorders and bodily problems. Unfortunately, this drug can be addictive, and there are many that suffer from serious withdrawals from this drug when trying to get off of it. Estazolam is only supposed to be used short term, but this recommendation is often ignored, as the definition of “short term” differs from person to person.

What Are Estazolam Withdrawal Symptoms?

If used long-term, Estazolam can become highly addictive due to its sedative properties. It has a medium onset of action, which means it begins to take effect after a few minutes and is in full effect after about ten minutes.

In higher doses, it acts much like alcohol in that it gives the same feeling of intoxication. Due to misuse, the attempt to detox or remove the addiction can lead to several symptoms due to the withdrawal the brain suffers.

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Sudden withdrawals from Estazolam can have a similar appearance to the flu, but more intense. Aside from the similar flu-like symptoms, there are other symptoms too. Below are the more specific, and often dangerous, symptoms a person may go through when withdrawing from Estazolam:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a random body part
  • Sad moods
  • Seeing or hearing things
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Psychosis
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures

Generally, these and the remaining symptoms do not manifest at the same time. While some are experienced throughout the entire process, many will only manifest at certain stages of the withdrawal process.

What Are the Stages of Estazolam Withdrawal Timeline?

Addiction experts state that those coming off of benzos should be tapered or weaned off of them to minimize withdrawal symptoms. The exact amount of time needed towithdraw from Estazolam properly is wide and greatly depends on the amount of time it has been used and how badly the person is addicted to it. Likewise, those who have a more aggressive addiction to Estazolam should expect to experience more severe symptoms over long periods of time. In general, it could take anywhere from a few days to several months but can vary in length depending on factors like:

  • The severity of addiction
  • Dosage of the drug
  • Taper schedule
  • How frequently the drug was taken
  • Support network
  • Overall health
  • Polydrug use
  • History of drug abuse

General Estazolam Withdrawal Timeline

EARLY WITHDRAWAL - DAYS 1-3

The first set of symptoms from withdrawal usually begin to manifest within the first 10-24 hours from the time the last pill was consumed. However, in some cases, it could take a few days for symptoms to manifest. The symptoms that show during this time are generally what the pill was being used for, such as anxiety or insomnia.

ACUTE WITHDRAWAL - DAYS 4-18

For most people, this next stage in the withdrawal will last a few short days. However, this stage can last up to two weeks for others. This will be determined by factors such as the taper schedule and how severe the addiction is. It is advised that during this stage, you should be under the direct care of a medical facility, as the symptoms could be dangerous and quite intense depending on your health and the severity of the addiction.

For most people, this next stage in the withdrawal will last a few short days. However, this stage can last up to two weeks for others. This will be determined by factors such as the taper schedule and how severe the addiction is. It is advised that during this stage, you should be under the direct care of a medical facility, as the symptoms could be dangerous and quite intense depending on your health and the severity of the addiction.

PROTRACTED WITHDRAWAL - DAYS 19 AND BEYOND

About 10% of people suffering from withdrawal will continue to experience various symptoms for months or years after they stop using Estazolam. These symptoms often appear at random and give no warning before their appearance. These symptoms include tingling in their limbs, muscle twitching, unusually long periods of insomnia or anxiety, difficulty learning simple tasks, as well as intense mood swings and depression that may be impossible to manage on their own.

Those who experience these symptoms may need to seek continued help through therapy or join a support group that can provide ongoing support.

Why Should I Detox?

Estazolam addiction can be harmful to the body and toxic on the brain. Using it interferes with the brain’s normal processes.

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Estazolam, when used incorrectly, may cause the user to have strange sleep patterns, have intense nightmares, become isolated, and even cause them to lose interest in hobbies and lower performance at work or school. It is also known to cause irritability, depression, loss of coordination, and hypersensitivity.

These symptoms can seriously disrupt life for the user and loved ones. Therefore, do not quit Estazolam cold turkey or abruptly, as this can cause serious or life-threatening symptoms. Medical detox is a treatment program where board-certified professionals guide one through the uncomfortable stages the body will undergo as it rids itself of toxins, and works to return to normal.

What is the Next Treatment Step?

Once one decides to quit taking Estazolam, then necessary steps need to be taken to successfully remove it from the body. There are several options available, and the patient must decide which kind of treatment to pursue.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment involves the use of a treatment center and relies on staying in it during the treatment plan. This option is best for those that are in unstable homes or are commonly around people who have a high-risk factor of causing relapses. While residing at the facility, the patient will receive mental and emotional support from medical personnel. They’ll also have some space to themselves for reflection. Often, this type of treatment is helpful to curb relapses.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment involves residing at home and attending a certain number of sessions during the week at the facility. This option is ideal for those who have a home or work life that doesn’t allow for extended absences. During this time, the patient has access to doctors and mental health professionals to help them in their journey towards a clean life. This option is best suited for those with a strong support network, as the patient is responsible for their own temptations to use Estazolam to avoid a relapse.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Programs, or IOP, is like the outpatient treatment plan, but requires more time at the facility during the week – usually greater than 12 hours. It involves more frequent visits and has a schedule that is required to be kept. This choice is ideal for those with a higher chance of relapse and those with more opportunities to do so.

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