Temesta is a brand name medication containing lorazepam, a benzodiazepine. Unfortunately, many people often abuse this and other drugs of its class in order to experience a euphoric high, but this type of use can lead to addiction. If you believe you or someone you love is addicted to Temesta, call 800-807-0951 now for help.
According to the National Library of Medicine, Temesta is an anxiety medication similar to the better-known brand name drug Ativan. “It works by slowing activity in the brain to allow for relaxation.” However, when the drug is taken in large doses or by those who have not been prescribed to take it, this is considered abuse. The misuse of drugs like Temesta happens quite frequently because of the high that large doses can cause.
A person can experience dependence, tolerance, severe withdrawal symptoms, and deadly overdose if they misuse this medication. This is why it is so important to only take it when prescribed and exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, you could require intense treatment in the form of addiction rehab.
Signs and Symptoms of Temesta Use
The drug, like other benzodiazepines, can cause drowsiness, relaxation, and dizziness (National Institute on Drug Abuse). This is why patients are strongly advised to take it only in the doses prescribed and to never drive or participate in other activities requiring intense concentration while on it. Other signs and symptoms of Temesta use include:
Most of these symptoms are not severe, but it is important to contact your doctor if they worsen or do not disappear over time. However, like other sedative drugs, Temesta can cause a number of severe side effects and risks that should not be overlooked.
Risks of Temesta Use
According to the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, withdrawal symptoms associated with benzodiazepines include:
In addition, the drug causes tolerance when taken over a long period of time, and those who start to realize that their normal doses no longer affect them the way they used to sometimes begin abusing the drug in order to experience the effects they want.
Like other medications of its type, Temesta is often abused, and lorazepam-based drugs in particular have a high potential for abuse, according to the State of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection. Those who misuse the drug put themselves at much higher risk of experiencing the issues listed above, and addiction can occur very quickly, as benzodiazepines can be extremely habit-forming when taken often and in large doses for a prolonged period of time.
Temesta Addiction and Treatment
Patients being treated for Temesta addiction must first be weaned off the drug before they can begin their recovery. This is because the medication can cause such severe withdrawal symptoms that the individual must safely detox before the next stage of treatment can begin. After this, behavioral therapies are the most effective options for recovery. In addition, any potential co-occurring disorders including anxiety disorders for which the individual may have been prescribed the drug in the first place, must be addressed and treated alongside their addiction.
Temesta is a dangerous drug when abused, but if taken as prescribed, can be safe and effective. Still, those who misuse Temesta must seek treatment as soon as possible in order to safely recover. Call 800-807-0951 now to find the best rehab options for your individualized recovery and to put an end to your substance abuse today.