Can Rohypnol Interact with My Anti-Depressant?

Can Rohypnol Interact with My Anti-Depressant?

Rohypnol is a potent drug that is used recreationally around the world. It has a reputation for being used as a “date rape” drug due to its ability to be dissolved into drinks to sedate unknowing victims. However, Rohypnol is also used for several other reasons. Recreationally, many people take it to achieve the euphoria that it produces when taken in high doses. Rohypnol also has medical uses as a pre-anesthetic and to treat insomnia, though it is not approved for use in the United States.

Because Rohypnol is not legally available in the U.S., few people have an understanding of how the drug works and how the effects of the drug relate to the use of other drugs. Recreational users often take the drug without considering interactions, which can actually be very dangerous. Those taking antidepressants should speak with their prescribing physician prior to using any recreational drugs to discuss the possible interactions and side effects.

Tricyclic Antidepressants and Rohypnol

Tricyclic antidepressants, including amitriptyline and amoxapine, are part of a common drug class prescribed to treat depression. However, many doctors are hesitant to prescribe these drugs because they are associated with many side effects. Tricyclic antidepressants lower the seizure threshold, which is the stimulation required for a seizure to occur. Rohypnol has the same effects. Because of this, the use of these two substances simultaneously can potentially result in seizure activity in the brain, even in those who have no history of seizures. Seizures can be dangerous, and may result in injury if the right precautions are not taken. It is important to buffer the areas around a seizing person with blankets, pads or pillows, in order to reduce the possibility of bruises, cuts, broken bones and head injuries. In addition, many people falsely believe that you should put something between a seizing person’s teeth to prevent biting of the tongue. This is a dangerous misconception that could result in choking.

Benzodiazepines and Rohypnol

In severe cases of depression that resist other forms of treatment, doctors may prescribe a benzodiazepine drug, such as alprazolam. Rohypnol, known by the generic name flunitrazepam, also belongs to the class of benzodiazepines. These drugs cause depression of the central nervous system (CNS), meaning they slow the transmission of chemicals in the brain. When two or more of these drugs are used at the same time, these effects on the brain can cause potentially fatal respiratory depression. Breathing may become progressively slower, and may even stop altogether if used in high enough doses. If this is not reversed, brain damage and death can occur in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, many Rohypnol users are unaware of these effects, and may not understand the risks until damage has occurred. Memory loss and impaired judgment are two other dangerous effects of combining Rohypnol with other benzodiazepines. Users may partake in dangerous activities, such as driving, and have no memory of the event once the effects of the drugs have worn off.

The abuse of Rohypnol alone can lead to serious health consequences and addiction. When used in combination with antidepressants or any other drug, these consequences are exacerbated and can lead to life-threatening situations.

Get Help for Rohypnol Addiction

If you or someone you know has become addicted to Rohypnol, it is important to seek appropriate treatment. Therefore, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about treatment for Rohypnol addiction.