Prosom Withdrawal and Detox

Prosom (also marketed as Sedarest or Eurodin) is the brand name of the prescription medication, Estazolam. Under the FDA, the drug is classified as a sedative-hypnotic and used for the treatment of insomnia. It is often taken for no longer than seven to ten days and only at night. Tablets often come in one or two milligram doses. Notably, it pays to be wary of the addictiveness of Prosom.  

Prosom is a benzodiazepine medication, used as a short-term sleeping pill. Due to the nature of the chemical composition of the drug – as well as how it affects the human body – you could develop a physical dependence, especially if taking it in a manner beyond what’s prescribed by your doctor. Using Prosom in higher doses, for longer than prescribed or by using it alongside other substances, can lead to you enjoying a pleasant ‘high’. However, this is a dangerous habit that will lead to addiction, followed by withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly try to quit using the drug.

Prosom withdrawal may vary from being mildly uncomfortable to severely painful. The symptoms can also be psychological as well as physical, and very similar to what’s experienced during a typical benzodiazepine withdrawal.

It’s worth knowing that the higher Prosom dosage and the longer you abuse it, the more intense your addiction will be. This in turn will likely result in more severe withdrawal symptoms. Some of the dangers associated with being addicted to Prosom include:

  • Memory loss
  • Danger to oneself and others, especially if operating heavy machinery whilst under the influence of Prosom
  • Impaired thinking
  • Long-term kidney or liver damage

If you suspect you or a loved one have developed an addiction to Prosom and are looking to quit safely (with minimised withdrawal symptoms), our specialists at Addiction Helper can arrange for treatment. Dial our confidential helpline now on 0800 915 9402 to get on the road to recovery.

What is Prosom Detox?

Detoxification (or ‘detox’) is the process of your body ridding itself of all toxins related to the substance to which you’re physically dependent. The process can be uncomfortable and even painful, depending on the severity of your addiction. The discomfort of the detox process typically stems from the various withdrawal symptoms which manifest. During Prosom withdrawal, these symptoms can be quite severe.

To ensure a less painful detox, it’s necessary to gradually taper off Prosom over a period of time, rather than attempt quitting the drug ‘cold turkey’. A medically assisted detox programme can also be beneficial, during which your physical and mental health will be monitored and managed by medical experts. In the event withdrawal symptoms during detox prove to be severe, medication can also be administered to ease your discomfort.

Medical detox programmes have proven to be significantly more effective, faster, safer, and more comfortable than trying to quit Prosom on your own.

What is Prosom Withdrawal?

It’s critical you never use Prosom without the prescription of a certified doctor and that you never use the drug beyond the prescribed dosage. Exceeding prescribed doses will alter the chemical structure of your brain and lead to you developing a physical dependence. This means if you try to quit Prosom, your body will react by manifesting a host of withdrawal symptoms, as it feels it cannot function normally without the presence of the substance in your system.

Prosom withdrawal symptoms can range from mildly uncomfortable to being severe in nature. If not properly managed, they could even prove fatal. This is why it’s strongly advised to only take Prosom as per the prescription in order to avert the onset of abuse or addiction.

Withdrawal symptoms of Prosom are very similar to that experienced when quitting other benzodiazepine medication, such as Xanax or Valium. Their severity and duration will vary depending on a number of factors, especially the dose at which you were abusing the drug and the length of abuse.

Contributing Factors to Withdrawal

A variety of factors will influence how intense withdrawal symptoms might be. Some of the more principal elements include:

  • Physiology: Characteristics of your body such as gender, age, height, and weight will all contribute to determining the severity of withdrawal symptoms. The general state of your physical health will also play a part; the less healthy you are, the more threatening or painful withdrawal can be. Conversely, the healthier you are, the better chance you have of making a quick and full recovery.
  • Duration of abuse: The longer you’ve been abusing Prosom, the more severe your addiction will be. In turn, the more severe your addiction, the more intense your withdrawal symptoms. This is because the chemical changes in your body and mind have had longer to take root and it will therefore take more time to revert your body to its normal state. Simply put, the less time you’ve spent abusing Prosom, the fewer your withdrawal symptoms will likely be.
  • Dosage: Even if used as prescribed, taking Prosom can still lead to addiction. However, going beyond the prescribed dose significantly increases the risk of an addiction forming. Over time, you’ll likely require increasingly higher doses of Prosom to attain the desired effect. The higher the tolerance you’ve built for the drug, the worse your withdrawal symptoms will appear.
  • Polydrug use: Combining drugs or substances with the aim of enhancing their effect is a dangerous habit. It also contributes to exacerbating withdrawal symptoms in the event you attempt to quit.

The presence of a co-occurring disorder can also negatively influence withdrawal symptoms. If you’re looking to quit Prosom and would like withdrawal to be as manageable as possible, our specialists can arrange for you to be treated in comfort during the detox process. Contact us now on our 24/7 helpline to find out how.

How Prosom Affects the Brain and Body

Benzodiazepines (such as Prosom) influence the human body in a number of ways, particularly by triggering a surge of dopamine that is released into the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that causes pleasurable sensations when released. How Prosom influences the release of dopamine will over time lead to changes in the synaptic plasticity of your body’s dopamine-producing cells.

The pleasurable sensations borne from using Prosom and other benzodiazepines are what make abusing these substances so dangerous, especially to susceptible individuals such as those suffering from co-occurring mental disorders. Prosom will gradually deteriorate the influence of inhibitory interneurons, which are a collection of cells in your brain’s VTA (Ventral Tegmental Area). These cells normally serve the purpose of controlling the release of dopamine and thus prevent an excess being released in your system. When the use of Prosom interferes with the functionality of these particular cells, more dopamine than needed will be released into your system. In turn, this will lead to the cells in your body becoming more susceptible to releasing even more dopamine. The more that is released, the more intense and satisfying the resulting pleasurable sensation will be. In time, this will lead to physical addiction and further abuse of the drug. As this continues, all manner of imbalances in your brain and body will follow, which will eventually result in withdrawal symptoms once you try to quit Prosom.

Clear evidence has already shown that dopaminergic neurons activity leads to the synaptic adaptation that occurs during addiction. It’s for this reason that addiction can be so difficult to treat. This is evident in the fact that once you clear the body of an addictive substance through detox, there are still long-lasting changes to the brain architecture which can take a long time to revert to its natural state.

Central Nervous System depressants like Prosom affect the brain by influencing the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid). Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that carry communication between brain cells. While it’s true that various nervous system depressants work on the body differently, it is their ability to influence GABA and brain activity that results in the drowsy, calming or other enjoyable effects of benzodiazepines. If such drugs are used for a longer time period, you’ll develop a physical tolerance and require larger doses to achieve the desired effect.

Why You Should Detox Properly from Prosom

If detoxification isn’t well managed, it can lead to extremities caused by the following withdrawal symptoms and thus lead to possibly fatal consequences, or long-term physical or mental complications:

  • Anxiety
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Memory Loss
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Panic Attacks
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Tension

Prosom withdrawal can vary greatly in terms of severity, duration, and when it actually takes hold. You might experience different symptoms from week to week, and this level of unpredictability can leave you unprepared for when you’ve chosen to detox on your own.

When trying to beat Prosom addiction, it’s best to seek proper treatment from a specialist hospital or rehab clinic that is experienced in dealing with such a condition. A certified addiction rehab facility will have all the necessary amenities and expertise to properly care for your addiction, as well as any and all withdrawal symptoms that might arise during detox. You can also expect to receive an individualised treatment plan that covers all aspects of your addiction to ensure you make a full recovery.

An improper detox and incorrect treatment of an addiction can lead to you suffering a relapse before the programme is even complete. This then puts you at risk of suffering an overdose, as detoxification reduces your tolerance and abusing a drug at a dose to which you were formerly adapted can be dangerous.

Addiction Helper can provide some of the best detox clinic options available in the UK and abroad. Contact us today and we’ll help you get back on track with state of the art treatment.

Causes of Prosom Withdrawal

Benzodiazepines are drugs with sedative-hypnotic capabilities that relieve tension, nervousness and other symptoms of anxiety by relaxing the central nervous system. Benzodiazepines such as Prosom affect the central nervous system by blocking the effects of specific chemicals that influence the transmission of nerve impulses within the brain.

Due to its influence on the brain, Prosom is addictive and can lead to increased tolerance over time. As such, it’s not uncommon for people who take it for legitimate medical reasons to become addicted in due course. Tolerance will worsen as you continue to increase the dosage and Prosom progressively has less and less of the desired effect. This is why it is recommended only for short-term usage.

Prosom is applied for the short-term treatment of insomnia, but is often abused by taking it for a longer period of time than prescribed by a doctor. The drug is often used recreationally due to its ability to bring about a pleasurable ‘high’ when consumed contrary to prescription.

To avoid any complications, it’s best to use Prosom only as prescribed. Furthermore, if you’re looking to change your dose or frequency of usage, only do so after consulting your doctor. Most importantly, don’t combine Prosom with other medication or substances without a doctor’s say so. Failure to comply will not only lead to addiction, but also more complicated withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit.

How Prosom Withdrawal is diagnosed

In order to effectively diagnose Prosom withdrawal, it is necessary that your primary healthcare provider asks questions about your symptoms, as well as carries out a physical examination. This could be followed by urine and blood tests to determine if there are any benzodiazepines in your system. Questions may also be posed with regards your medical history as well as past drug usage. It is very important that honest answers are provided during this process, so as to ensure you’re assigned a course of treatment that’s firmly capable of helping you make a full recovery.

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Common Prosom Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms

During Prosom detox, you can experience a range of withdrawal symptoms. Their intensity is often determined by the severity of your addiction and can either be psychological, physical, or both.

Physical symptoms of Prosom withdrawal and detox

The physical symptoms of Prosom withdrawal can range between mild and painful. Some of the more commonly witnessed withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizzy Spells
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Tingling and Numbness

Physical withdrawal symptoms from quitting Prosom can be fatal if not properly managed. This is why we recommend seeking assistance at an addiction treatment facility that can provide a medically assisted detox and round-the-clock care to promptly manage any health complications that might arise from withdrawal.

Psychological symptoms of Prosom withdrawal

Psychological symptoms that can manifest during Prosom withdrawal include:

  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Restlessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Seizures
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Irritability

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms when trying to quit Prosom, contact us immediately on 0800 915 9402 for professional assistance.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Prosom?

How long it takes to complete Prosom detox is dependent on a variety of factors. Subsequently, it’s rare to find two individuals who take an equal amount of time to successfully complete detox. The duration will also be determined by whether detox is medically assisted, severity of the addiction, and if there are any co-occurring mental or health disorders present.

Prosom Withdrawal: Timeline of Symptoms

Prosom has a very long half-life in comparison to what is found amongst other benzodiazepines and sleeping pills. The drug can remain in your system for between 10 to 24 hours, before being entirely flushed out. As a result, it can take up to one or two days before you begin feeling the effects of withdrawal symptoms, which are often first preceded by anxiety, rebound insomnia, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. There might also be muscle and abdominal pain.

Most individuals recuperating from Prosom addiction don’t require more than a few weeks of treatment to make a full recovery, whereas others might experience PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome), which can last for while longer. If your treatment includes alternative medication during detox, you’ll likely have also utilised a longer tapering schedule to gradually wean you off the drug. This can lead to your withdrawal symptoms being less uncomfortable, but also lasting for a longer period of time. Your sleep schedule might also be thrown out of sync for a while, due to the absence of Prosom in your system, but this condition will eventually alleviate with the passing of time.

What is Acute Prosom Withdrawal?

If you’ve been consuming large doses of Prosom over a long period of time, you’re likely to experience acute withdrawal during the detox process.  This refers to a cluster of withdrawal symptoms that are severe and manifest as either psychological, physiological or both. The best way to overcome acute Prosom withdrawal symptom is to receive care at an addiction treatment facility that is experienced in helping people with severe conditions such as this.

The physical symptoms of acute Prosom withdrawal can last for about 14 days. However, the psychological symptoms can last for months after physical withdrawal has ended.

Coping with Prosom Withdrawal

Prosom withdrawal symptoms can be painful. So much so, most recovering addicts quit the detox process without seeing it through to the end. Fortunately, Addiction Helper can arrange detox treatment that will deliver the best results and ensure you experience only minimal withdrawal symptoms.

In order to undergo detox successfully – as well as achieve long-term sobriety – you can cope with the symptoms of withdrawal by taking on board of the following tips:

  • Making use of your Support Network

Whilst recovering from addiction, it’s important to have a support network that will stand by you emotionally through the entire process. Your support system can consist of friends and family, or even medical assistance.

Psychological withdrawal symptoms can tempt you to give up trying to quit, but such thoughts can be overcome with the help of a supportive loved one or a shoulder to lean on. If there is no one around you to provide support, Addiction Helper can be there for you. Just dial our confidential helpline.

  • Join a Support Group

Becoming part of a support group like Narcotics Anonymous can also provide some much needed guidance and support during the withdrawal stage. At a support group, you’ll get to listen and talk to people who are going through exactly what you are or have already been down that road. This can be a huge source of motivation to help you stay focused on long-term sobriety.

  • Preparation

Being emotionally and physically prepared before undergoing detox can make a big difference to how successful your treatment is. If you’re going to be treated at a facility where detox is carried out, prepare beforehand by educating yourself as to what you can expect.

  • Take Care of Yourself

Nourishment is important during detox. Even though food will likely be unappealing during the process, make sure to eat healthily and get lots of rest. Meditation is also great for staying positive and focusing on the benefits of your actions.

Prosom withdrawal might seem daunting, but the truth is that you can get through it and make a full recovery, as long you go about it the right way. Get in touch with our specialists at Addiction Helper today if you’re ready to say ‘No’ to addiction.

Possible Complications

The overall benefits of undergoing detox far outweigh the risks. However, said risks are much easier to deal with if you know what they are (and the possible complications they can lead to) and prepare for them accordingly. Some common risks during the Prosom withdrawal process (especially an unprofessionally managed one) include:

  • Severe diarrhoea or excessive vomiting
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Suicidal ideation due to depression
  • Delirium tremens

To discover more about these complications, contact us for a friendly chat. Always remember that the risks of undergoing detox are far less than what a lifetime of Prosom addiction has in store.

How we treat Prosom withdrawal

After properly assessing and evaluating your condition, we can recommend a course of treatment that’s most capable of minimising your withdrawal symptoms, whilst assisting you towards making a full recovery.

Inpatient treatment is more often the best remedy for Prosom addiction. This is because an inpatient facility can provide round-the-clock intensive care for your withdrawal symptoms in a comfortable and conducive environment. This will keep you safe whilst you stay focused on attaining sobriety, with no distractions or undue influence from typical stressors and triggers.

By receiving treatment in a qualified inpatient facility, we can ensure you have an easier time overcoming the distortion of senses that often occur during Prosom withdrawal. You’ll also be monitored for convulsions, which in ordinary circumstances could be fatal, if not properly managed. Inpatient treatment not only cares for the physical aspect of your recovery, but also caters for any psychological symptoms you might manifest, thus preventing possible long-term mental complications.

Medication to Treat Prosom Withdrawal

In the event your Prosom withdrawal symptoms are very severe, medication can be prescribed to help ease your symptoms. Examples of such medication include:

  • Diazepam (as an estazolam replacement)
  • Buspirone (to treat anxiety)
  • Paroxetine and Trazodone (which might be administered as antidepressants)
  • Carbamazepine and Valproate (which can serve as anti-seizure medication)

Melatonin Remedies for Natural Prosom Withdrawal Symptoms

Melatonin is an antioxidant hormone that your brain’s pineal gland produces during sleep. It helps to maintain your body’s natural biorhythm.

Melatonin supplements can be very useful for managing prosom withdrawal symptoms. This is because substance dependence reduces your body’s melatonin levels, which can lead to symptoms such as poor mood and trouble sleeping. By using melatonin supplements, you can effectively offset withdrawal side effects by replenishing your body’s melatonin levels.

Another major benefit of melatonin during this period is that it minimises oxidative damage to brain cells when withdrawal symptoms manifest. Insufficient melatonin can lead to damaged brain cells, causing insomnia and headaches.

Process from Prosom detox to rehab what happens

Quitting substance abuse and switching to a healthy, sober life is rarely easy, but is nonetheless worth it. This is not just for your sake, but also for those of your loved ones. Staying sober long-term requires a lifelong commitment and the journey begins with these simple steps towards sobriety.

The steps that will guide you through the process of detox all the way to the end of rehab will vary, according to the severity of your addiction and the treatment plan in place. Typically, all addicts who visit a reputable addiction treatment clinic go through the following processes:

  • Intake: This is when you are initially admitted to the treatment clinic.
  • Detoxification (detox): The process of ridding your body of all Prosom related toxins and restoring your physical health.
  • Rehabilitation (rehab): This involves treating the psychological aspects of your addiction and equipping you with the tools to stay drug-free long-term.
  • Ongoing recovery: After rehab is over, you can continue with treatment outside the addiction centre, with the aid of aftercare services. This treatment is typically provided through support groups and ongoing counselling.

If you have any enquiries concerning the rehab process and what you’ll experience on the journey to recovery, please call 0800 915 9402 to speak confidentially with any of our treatment support advisors.

Medical Detox as part of a Whole Treatment Plan

Comprehensive treatment is the best option for recovering addicts looking to make a full recovery. A medical detox can facilitate recovery and help prevent a relapse, but it’s wrong to think that addiction treatment is complete once this phase is complete. A medical detox only takes care of the physical aspects of recovery from addiction.

In order to make a full recovery from Prosom addiction, treatment that cares for any and all mental and behavioural disorders is required. It’s therefore important to undergo rehab in a facility where psychological treatment will be made available to ensure you attain long-term sobriety.

Therefore, a medical detox can be a good start towards making a full recovery from addiction and maintaining sobriety long-term. However, this is just a starting step in the treatment plan and you’ll only achieve the desired results if you follow through with the rest of the treatment – especially rehab and aftercare.

Finding the Right Treatment

Depending on the severity of your addiction, you can opt for either inpatient or outpatient Prosom treatment programmes as treatment. Before deciding on a specific addiction clinic, be sure to verify the treatment centre’s success rate with other patients. Addiction Helper can do this on your behalf by providing options of the best treatment clinics in your area or abroad. We can recommend clinics with the best facilities that offer ample convenience to keep you happy and safe throughout the duration of your treatment.

Call us today to discover your options, as well as other services from our treatment support specialists.

How Safe is Home Detox for Prosom Abusers?

It’s not impossible to make a full recovery from Prosom addiction via home detox, but we wouldn’t recommend it. This is because home detox can be very dangerous, especially considering the withdrawal symptoms you’re likely to experience. For the sake of your safety and to avoid any complications, it’s best if your withdrawal symptoms are cared for by medical professionals in a specialised facility.

Choosing a medically supervised detox at an inpatient facility (as opposed to a Prosom home detox) is the best option, as you’ll have access to doctors who will monitor your health and modify treatment at each stage to match your needs and deliver the best possible results.

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Self-detoxification from Prosom

Your body naturally starts detoxing once you stop using an addictive substance, including Prosom. However, withdrawal symptoms during detox can be very uncomfortable and even unsafe. It’s for this reason that medical assistance is recommended to help you see detox through from start to finish. Self-detoxification from Prosom isn’t entirely safe, especially if your addiction prior to quitting was fairly severe. This is because your withdrawal symptoms will be quite intense.

Medication assisted therapy for Prosom dependency

During a medical detox, specialists will likely focus on managing the following symptoms:

  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Delirium tremens
  • Nausea/vomiting

Medically assisted therapy will utilise the following medication to not only hasten your recovery, but make the entire process less uncomfortable:

  • Diazepam (as an estazolam replacement)
  • Buspirone (to treat anxiety)
  • Paroxetine (as antidepressants)
  • Trazodone (to treat insomnia)
  • Carbamazepine and Valproate (as anti-seizure medication)

After detox: Staying off Prosom

After detox, you’ll be provided all the necessary tools and insights you need to stay off Prosom. Rehabilitation will use a variety of therapies, such as support groups and behavioural therapy to educate you about your addiction. Such remedies will teach you to identify and avoid the stressors and triggers that typically drive you to abuse Prosom.

After rehab, you can receive ongoing treatment through aftercare services, which will provide all the support you need and much more to help you stay drug-free and prevent a relapse.


How do you know if you’re suffering from Prosom Withdrawal?

The occurrence of Prosom withdrawal is often signified by the following symptoms: vomiting, muscle cramps, anxiety, irritability, sweating, upset stomach, panic attacks, fatigue, depression, seizures, dizziness, and insomnia. These symptoms will begin to manifest once the last traces of Prosom have left your system and you refrain from taking any further doses.

How Long Does Prosom Withdrawal Last?

Most people don’t need more than a few weeks of treatment to get past Prosom withdrawal, though some users may still experience PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) for a while longer. The most intense withdrawal symptoms will occur within roughly three to five days after withdrawal begins and gradually improve over the course of the month.

How Does Prosom Withdrawal Affect My Health?

If not properly managed, Prosom withdrawal can pose a variety of risks to your health, including:

  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Possible dehydration from vomiting/diarrhoea
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Inconsistent heart rate
  • Dangerous convulsions or seizures

Is Prosom Withdrawal Dangerous?

Like most other types of withdrawal, Prosom withdrawal is only dangerous if not properly managed by a qualified medical professional. Contact Addiction Helper now to get proper treatment that will put you on track to making a full recovery.

If you or a loved one are addicted to Prosom, get in touch with us at Addiction Helper today. We have a variety of specialists available who can guide you on the path to making a full recovery, with no complications. We can do it fast and discreetly. Contact our 24/7 helpline on 0800 915 9402 for confidential advice. You’ll be glad you did!

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