Rohypnol is the most common prescription form of the drug flunitrazepam. It is in the benzodiazepine drug category, and it is a sedative prescribed for insomnia. Rohypnol is set apart from other benzodiazepines in that it is extremely strong; it is used to treat only the most severe cases of insomnia, as well as to treat patients needing a strong muscle relaxer. The uses of Rohypnol, however, are often less than legitimate. In fact, the drug is one of the most commonly abused benzodiazepines. Rohypnol is used to induce a strong intoxication, and it is one of the most commonly used date rape drugs.
High Doses of Rohypnol
Rohypnol is an extremely potent drug. Because of this, it is almost always prescribed in low doses and for short periods of time. Taking high doses of Rohypnol is extremely dangerous. Potential side effects of Rohypnol, especially when taken in high doses, include the following:
- Sleep problems: Rohypnol causes the depth of a person’s sleep to lessen. In this way, a patient having taken a high dose of Rohypnol may not be able to satisfy his or her need for sleep. Such patients may enter a state known as somnolence, which is an intense desire for sleep or a state of near sleep. This may seem strange since Rohypnol is used primarily to treat insomnia. In low doses, this problem does not typically occur. Occasionally, patients will take a Rohypnol dose to treat insomnia that is too high and damages their sleep cycle. In such cases, patients are said to have “rebound insomnia,” which is almost always worse than a patient’s original sleeping problem.
- Muscle problems: When taken during pregnancy, high doses of Rohypnol can lead to a state known as hypotonia in an newborn child. Hypotonia is a condition in which a person has extremely low muscle tone and thus is unusually limp and weak.
- Mental problems: High Rohypnol doses can lead to anxiety, agitation, confusion, lack of inhibitions, increased aggressiveness and sometimes even violent behavior.
- Digestive problems: Some users who have taken high doses of Rohypnol experience severe stomach issues for a period after using the drug, including vomiting.
High doses of Rohypnol, especially if taken for an extended period of time, can also lead to dependence and addiction.
Patients addicted to Rohypnol may experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from Rohypnol can manifest as the following:
- Severe insomnia
- Intense anxiety
- Various forms of psychosis
Rohypnol addiction is extremely dangerous to mental health and should be treated immediately.
Overdose on Rohypnol can be permanently and severely damaging to both physical and mental health. Symptoms of Rohypnol overdose can include the following:
- Slurred speech
- Inability to balance
- Dangerously heavy sleep
- Inability to breathe
In some cases, Rohypnol overdose can also lead to death.
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