Hepatitis and Rohypnol Abuse

Hepatitis and Rohypnol Abuse

Hepatitis is a virus that causes swelling and inflammation of the liver. This virus may develop naturally through any of the following means:

  • Immune cells in the body attacking the liver, thereby causing autoimmune hepatitis
  • Infections from viruses, bacteria or parasites
  • Liver damage from alcohol, poisonous mushrooms or other poisons
  • Toxic levels of medication, such as an overdose of acetaminophen

Hepatitis may onset and resolve quickly, as in the case of acute hepatitis. However, this problem can also cause chronic hepatitis, liver damage, liver failure and liver cancer. Symptoms of hepatitis, regardless of the form, include the following issues:

  • Abdominal pain or distention
  • Breast development in males
  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • Itching
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting

Additionally, people may contract this debilitating virus from others if they engage in any of the following activities:

  • Sharing needles with infected drug users
  • Engaging in anal sex with a carrier
  • Getting pierced or tattooed with infected needles
  • Sharing personal items such as razors and toothbrushes with an infected person
  • Being born to a person who is infected with the virus

Although people often show no signs of infection when they first contract hepatitis, they can still develop liver failure later. That is why people who have risk factors should be tested, even if they have no symptoms.

Dangers of Rohypnol Abuse

Long-term use of Rohypnol causes significant immunological disorders. This puts addicted individuals at greater risk of contracting infection and illnesses such as pneumonia and hepatitis. One explanation for this could be that Rohypnol causes long-lasting changes to GABA receptors, a drug that promotes relaxation and moderates stress. However, it also supports the immune system in critical ways, so a damaged link between GABA receptors and the immune system may explain why Rohypnol addicts succumb to frequent infections or heal more slowly from wounds. Other physical effects of Rohypnol abuse include the following problems:

  • Visual disturbances
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Mental confusion
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Urinary retention

When mixed with alcohol, Rohypnol can cause respiratory depression, aspiration and even death. A Rohypnol addiction is very serious and requires immediate attention. With professional treatment, it is possible to recover and regain a healthful life.

Treatment for Rohypnol and Hepatitis

If you or someone you love struggles with Rohypnol abuse and hepatitis, you are not alone. Recovery counselors at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can guide you to wellness. You never have to go back to a life of addiction and you can cope with hepatitis. Please call today to begin recovery.