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Classification: Benzodiazepine

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: None

Other names for Etizolam

  • Street Valium
  • Street benzo
  • Street vallies
  • Tizzies
  • Etilaam
  • Etizest
  • Depas
  • Etizola
  • Sedekopan
  • Pasaden

Etizolam Addiction

Etizolam, also known as “street valium,” is a powerful drug similar to Valium but ten times stronger than diazepam. It’s used medically for anxiety and sleep problems in some countries. In the U.S., it’s often sold illegally in different forms such as tablets, liquid, or powder and is labeled as a “research chemical.”

Much like alcohol, Etizolam slows down your brain’s activity. It connects with specific receptors in your brain to lessen anxiety, but high doses can lead to confusion and memory loss. While there’s a particular antidote that can stop Etizolam’s effects, abruptly stopping its use can have dangerous consequences, and it’s crucial to reduce the dosage gradually. Mixing it with certain other substances can be fatal.

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Intended Use of Etizolam

Doctors prescribe Etizolam for short periods to help people with insomnia get a better night’s sleep. It’s also used to reduce the intensity of anxiety disorders, like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) when symptoms become particularly distressing. Always remember, Etizolam is intended for temporary use, and it’s essential not to use it longer or more frequently than a healthcare professional recommends.

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How Etizolam Is Taken

A study in Current Medical Research and Opinion notes that people primarily take Etizolam orally for temporary relief from anxiety disorders and insomnia. This potent thienodiazepine comes in tablet form, typically in doses of 0.25mg to 1mg, and swiftly calms anxiety and promotes restful sleep. But it’s not only limited to swallowing pills.

It can also be found as a powder, in blotter paper, or dissolved in propylene glycol, which people may use in various ways. However, due to the potential risks of dependence (addiction) and withdrawal, experts advise against long-term use.

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Side Effects of

Etizolam, like all drugs, can cause side effects. According to the”Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry and Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, side effects might include:

  • Uncontrollable eye twitching (blepharospasms)
  • Memory issues with doses of 4mg or more (anterograde amnesia)
  • Rare skin conditions, such as circular rashes
  • Withdrawal symptoms, like sleep problems, if you stop taking it suddenly

Everyone’s body reacts differently to medication, so not everyone will experience these side effects. It’s important to discuss any concerns with a healthcare provider.

  • Feeling overly sleepy or tired
  • Problems with balance or walking
  • Slurred speech
  • Feeling confused or disoriented
  • Feeling weak or uncoordinated
  • Changes in sexual desire

Signs of an
Addiction to Etizolam

Needing to take more of the drug to achieve the same effects (tolerance)

Struggling to stop or reduce usage of the drug

Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, or recovering from the drug

Giving up social, occupational or recreational activities because of the drug use

Continuing to use the drug despite knowing the harm it's causing

Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop or reduce use

Using the drug in larger amounts or over a longer period than intended

Abuse Facts

In the U.S., Etizolam often lives a 'double life' - it's sold as a "research chemical" in the black market while being a regular prescription drug in several other countries.

In recent years, Etizolam has gained alarming popularity among US teenagers, particularly in Chicago, leading to a significant increase in abuse. This growing trend has caught the attention and concern of federal authorities.