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Controlled Substance Act Schedule: IV
Other names for Flunitrazepam
Flunitrazepam is a generic Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant used to treat insomnia in other countries. It’s marketed under the trade name Rohypnol, more widely known as a “date rape” drug. Flunitrazepam belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which are known for producing sedative effects that can lead to muscle relaxation, sleepiness, decreased anxiety and amnesia (no memory).
Flunitrazepam is often used to help increase the effects of other drugs, dissolves quickly in carbonated beverages, and is used in many sexual assaults.
Flunitrazepam is a CNS depressant, and like all benzodiazepines, leaves people at risk for addiction. It’s often combined with other CNS depressants like alcohol, which could cause users to become excessively sedated, lose their balance or slur their speech. Flunitrazepam is easy to obtain on the Internet and has been known to alter the effects of other illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine.
The natural process of developing a tolerance to flunitrazepam includes taking more of the drug to feel its calming and relaxing effects. Physical and mental withdrawal symptoms can occur when a person stops taking flunitrazepam, a sign that their body has become dependent on the drug to feel “normal.” To safely remove the drug from their system, a person might need to go through medical detox to manage their withdrawal symptoms at a hospital or drug and alcohol residential treatment center.
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Flunitrazepam is not approved for medical use in the United States, according to the DEA. Outside of the United States, flunitrazepam is used as a short-term treatment for insomnia.
Take Flunitrazepam exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Flunitrazepam is taken in pill form. Brand-name Rohypnol pills are sold as oblong green or round white tablets in strengths between 0.5-to-2 milligrams per tablet. The estimated human lethal dose of flunitrazepam is 415 milligrams, according to ScienceDirect.
Rohypnol might also be taken and abused with other drugs, like alcohol or cocaine. In addition to being taken as a tablet, it can also be crushed up and snorted, or dissolved into a liquid for drinking.
If any of these side effects become severe, immediately call a doctor.
Uncontrolled cravings for flunitrazepam
Unsuccessful attempts to stop using flunitrazepam
Engaging in criminal activity when taking flunitrazepam
Prioritizing use of Flunitrazepam over spending time with family or friends
Legal or financial problems
Use of flunitrazepam despite adverse of negative behaviors
Stealing items or money to buy more flunitrazepam
Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit using flunitrazepam
Lying to doctors or therapists to get more flunitrazepam
To prevent sexual assaults involving Rohypnol (brand-name flunitrazepam), the manufacturer reformulated the drug in 1997 to dye blue the alcoholic drinks of potential victims
The full effects of flunitrazepam last between 16 and 35 hours, but people can fall into a coma for up to 48 hours
Flunitrazepam is smuggled into the United States from other countries