Mogadon (Nitrazepam) Addiction Abuse Symptoms and Warning Signs
This Page was last reviewed and changed on August 12th 2021
As addiction to benzodiazepine drugs such as mogadon can occur quite quickly, it is essential that you are aware of the signs so that you can take action immediately. Whether it is you or someone you love that is using mogadon, knowing that there is a risk of addiction is crucial. Being aware of the signs of abuse and addiction could help to prevent life from spiralling out of control.
As medications such as Mogadon have a high potential for abuse and can progress to addiction very quickly, it is important that you are aware of the signs so that you can act fast.
As a benzodiazepine drug prescribed to treat conditions such as insomnia, Mogadon can be very effective at helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep due to its sedative effects. However, the body quickly adapts to this drug, meaning that the positive effects can diminish within a week to ten days. For that reason, there is a strong temptation for increased doses to be taken, but this can quickly lead to abuse and addiction.
It is difficult to spot the signs of abuse and addiction in yourself and, furthermore, because most people do not realise the dangers of medications such as Mogadon, abuse can often go unnoticed. It is important to remain vigilant when taking Mogadon and to only use it as prescribed.
How Does Mogadon Work?
For the most part, Mogadon is a drug used to treat insomnia, although it has been used in the treatment of severe anxiety and epilepsy. These conditions are said to be caused by an imbalance of chemicals – or neurotransmitters – in the brain.
One such neurotransmitter is known as GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) and it is responsible for calming down activity within the brain. When an insufficient amount of GABA is produced, it can lead to a range of conditions including restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia. It is the job of medications such as Mogadon, and other benzodiazepines, to stimulate the GABA receptors in the brain to enhance its production, therefore reducing overactivity of other chemicals.
Mogadon Abuse Warnings
Abuse of Mogadon is quite common, yet many people do not realise what actually constitutes abuse of a prescription drug. In fact, most individuals assume that drugs such as Mogadon must be completely safe or else they would not be prescribed by a doctor.
The reality is that certain prescription medications are highly effective at treating various conditions in the short-term. When used over a longer period, however, they become less effective, leading some people to believe they should increase their dosage. Most of the time, they will do this without consulting a GP.
Taking more medication than advised to by a doctor is one of the first and surest signs that you are on the road to Mogadon abuse. Taking the medication at more frequent intervals is also classed as abuse, as is taking it in a different way than advised to.
Another warning sign is taking prescription medication that was not prescribed for you; this is also a common occurrence, and one that many do not think twice about.
Mogadon Abuse Causes
Although some individuals deliberately abuse medications such as Mogadon, most do not realise that their use of such a drug constitutes abuse. There are many reasons Mogadon is abused, but by far the most common is reduced effectiveness.
When the brain and body get used to Mogadon, they adapt. This means that they will not respond in the same way as when you first began taking the drug. It will consequently lose its effectiveness, possibly leaving you feeling frustrated.
If Mogadon has been helping you to sleep but you are now finding that it is not having quite the same effect as before, you might believe that taking more of the drug is the answer. Nevertheless, this is extremely risky because, as we have mentioned, taking Mogadon in high doses can lead to physical dependence and addiction.
Some people also take Mogadon on the recommendation of a friend or family member. So, if someone you know has been prescribed Mogadon to help them sleep and they say that you should try it because you too are having difficulties sleeping, you might think there is no harm in it. Doing this is also classed as abuse, and it can actually be very dangerous.
Remember, doctors only prescribe medication where appropriate for the individual in question. They must take many factors into consideration to ensure the safety of the person taking the drug, including age, health, and any medications that he or she is already taking.
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Mogadon Warning Signs & Dangers
Mogadon should be taken for no longer than 10 days because prolonged use makes it less effective while increasing the likelihood of physical dependence. Despite these recommendations though, some doctors continue to prescribe Mogadon for long-term use.
As with all mood-altering chemicals, tolerance can develop. When this does happen, you will need to take more of the drug than stated on your prescription to achieve the same effects as before. If you find that your stated dose of Mogadon is not enabling you to achieve the good night’s sleep (when it was when you first started to take it), you might up the dose believing this to be the answer.
It is important that you are aware of the dangers of doing this. So many people do not realise how risky it can be to alter the dose of prescription medication without the advice of a medical professional. One of the most obvious dangers is the aforementioned risk of addiction, but there is also the chance of overdose, particularly if you start taking other substances such as alcohol or other drugs to enhance the sedative effects.
The Signs of Mogadon Dependence and Addiction
There are certain signs that could indicate a dependence or addiction to Mogadon, so it is important to be aware of what these are. They can include:
running out of your prescription early
being drowsy or uncoordinated during the day
visiting more than one doctor to get a duplicate prescription
telling your doctor that you have mislaid your medication to get a new prescription early
sourcing your medication elsewhere, such as online.
If you believe that you are unable to function without your medication and are going to desperate lengths to get your hands on it, you are likely addicted. A sign of physical dependence is the presence of withdrawal symptoms whenever you try to quit or cut down on your use. You may have realised that taking your medication will then help to relieve these symptoms, so you then get caught in a cycle of abuse.
If your use of Mogadon is hampering your ability to live a normal life, yet you use it anyway, you almost certainly have an addiction and need to think about getting some professional help to get better.
Signs of Chronic Long-Term Abuse of Mogadon
As with most other benzodiazepine drugs, long-term use of Mogadon can have a profound impact on health and wellbeing, with mental health particularly affected. Chronic use of Mogadon can cause problems with cognitive functioning and can result in problems with:
brain processing speed
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that there is a link between benzodiazepine use and an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. It was also found that the longer a person uses benzodiazepines, the higher their risk for the disease.
Signs of Short-Term Abuse of Mogadon
The immediate side effects of Mogadon use include sedation and drowsiness. However, when Mogadon is abused it can also lead to any of the following:
Loss of appetite
Low blood pressure
It is possible to save yourself and your loved ones from these effects, dangers and harms. You need to warn your treatment centre or your therapist about any and all medications you are taking, as they may influence the effects of Mogadon. If you ever see yourself, or your loved one who is using it as a treatment, use more than the prescripbed dosage – contact the therapist.
Overdose is a particular concern with Mogadon abuse. Taking this medication in higher doses than that recommended by a doctor can result in an overdose. You may also be more prone to overdose if you combine Mogadon with other depressant substances such as opiate drugs or alcohol.
Mogadon Overdose Symptoms
An acute overdose of Mogadon can lead to a rapid onset of symptoms that can include:
Mogadon Overdose Treatment
Medical treatment is necessary for Mogadon overdose. It may be the case that observation is sufficient but if the overdose is severe, an intervention will be required. If respiratory problems occur, intubation and artificial ventilation might be necessary.
In the case of low blood pressure, fluid replacement may be used, although in certain cases it will be necessary to raise blood pressure by administering dopamine or norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is also used to increase heart rate and blood flow.
How to Reverse Mogadon Overdose
Doctors may also use flumazenil, which is a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist and an antidote for overdose. Nevertheless, there are risks of using such medication and the possibility of contraindications need to be assessed before it can be administered.
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Withdrawing from Mogadon can be a complicated process due to the presence of withdrawal symptoms in most people. It may be necessary for you to reduce your dose of this medication gradually rather than suddenly, which helps reduce the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of Withdrawal from Mogadon
When trying to quit or reduce your use of Mogadon, you may experience a range of withdrawal symptoms that are typically caused by your body trying to adapt to the removal of a medication it has become accustomed to. Symptoms associated with Mogadon withdrawal include:
high blood pressure
Mogadon Withdrawal and Detox
If a Mogadon addiction does exist, detox is usually necessary to break the cycle of abuse. Detox occurs naturally when you stop taking the medication. As it can be dangerous to do so alone though, it is recommended that you complete the process in the comfort and safety of a dedicated facility where fully trained staff can monitor your progress throughout.
Detox might involve a tapering of your Mogadon dose over the course of a couple of weeks, or if appropriate, a rapid detoxification will allow you to quit Mogadon completely. In such an instance, you will be prescribed a dose of flumazenil to reverse or prevent any withdrawal symptoms.
Mogadon Treatment and Rehab
After detox, rehabilitation will be necessary as the detox process only addresses the physical side of the addiction. To deal with the emotional and psychological issues, therapy will be required. Treatment usually consists of a combination of talking and behaviour modification therapies with holistic treatments to heal the mind, body, and spirit.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much Mogadon causes addiction?
Mogadon is a long-acting benzodiazepine drug, which means it lingers in the system for longer than other drugs. So even those who do not use Mogadon every day can develop a physical dependence and experience withdrawal symptoms.
While high doses of Mogadon increase the risk of addiction, even therapeutic doses can become a problem if the drug is used regularly over a longer period.
How do I recognise Mogadon abuse?
It can be tough to recognise Mogadon abuse, particularly as most people do not understand what abuse is. But consider the fact that taking Mogadon in a different way to how it was prescribed is abuse.
If you take higher doses of your medication than those indicated on your prescription, or if you take it more often during the day, then this is classed as abuse. So too is taking the medication in a way that is not indicated. If you mix it with another sedative substance, or if you crush your pills and snort the powder for example, this is obviously abuse.
Abuse of prescription medication also occurs when you take medication that was prescribed for another person.
When to seek medical care?
If you believe you might have taken too much Mogadon, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. The symptoms of a Mogadon overdose can develop within four hours and can end up being life-threatening.
How do I get help for Mogadon addiction?
If you believe you have developed an addiction to Mogadon, you should speak to your doctor in the first instance. He or she will assess your situation and will, if appropriate, refer you to your local drug treatment service.
You can also self-refer yourself to your local centre or seek help from a support group in your local area such as Narcotics Anonymous; you will find details of the resources near to your home online.
If you would like to speak to one of our fully trained advisors about the programmes that we offer to help you overcome addiction, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via our helpline.
When do Mogadon withdrawal symptoms start?
As Mogadon is a longer-acting benzodiazepine drug, the onset of withdrawal symptoms may not begin for up to four days after stopping the drug or reducing the dosage. This is because it takes longer for Mogadon to be eliminated by the body than other shorter acting benzos.
How long does Mogadon withdrawal last?
The length of a Mogadon withdrawal varies from person to person, depending on circumstances and how the drug is withdrawn. In a rapid detoxification, the process may take just over a week. However, if a gradual reduction of the medication is used, withdrawal can last for many weeks, or even months.