Recently, there has been a surge in sales of non-FDA-approved substances as an alternative to prescription medications. These unregulated substances, frequently found online, bypass all forms of quality control and are available to the public. One of the more recent drugs that has sparked concern is flubromazolam. Due to the lack of legal supervision and control, drugs such as flubromazolam are very dangerous and should be avoided. If you or a loved one has begun using this substance, it is important to know what side effects you can anticipate, and be able to identify signs of withdrawal. 

What is Flubromazolam?

Flubromazolam is a triazolobenzodiazepine, a benzodiazepine analog that shares characteristics of the commonly prescribed benzo. One unique element of this “designer” benzo is its potency. According to a study conducted by Poznan University of Medical Sciences,  flubromazolam has produced life-threatening side effects in individuals with as little as 3 mg ingested. 

Traditional benzos, such as Xanax or Klonopin, are typically prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and insomnia. These substances interact with the brain’s GABA neurotransmitters and generate a sense of calm and sedation. Benzo derivatives, such as flubromazolam, produce the same effects while avoiding all legal and manufacturing regulations, allowing these substances to be easily tampered with and abused without scrutiny. Most purchases of this substance occur online, with the benzo derivative conveniently arriving at the doorstep. 

Side Effects of Flubromazolam

The side effects of this research drug are very similar to traditional benzodiazepines, with flubromazolam being considered more potent. As a sedative, flubromazolam affects the respiratory and central nervous systems, and can cause dangerous reactions. The following are side effects of flubromazolam use: 

Confusion

Lethargy

Muscle weakness

Lack of balance

Cognitive impairment 

Memory loss

Amnesia 

Anxiety

Depression

Visual distortions

Flubromazolam Withdrawal Side Effects 

Because this drug is classified as a benzodiazepine derivative, the side effects of withdrawal are very similar to the effects of benzo withdrawal; however, flubromazolam withdrawal has actually been described as a longer and more painful withdrawal in comparison. Considered one of the most dangerous drug types to withdraw from, benzos can cause life-threatening side effects, such as seizures, when use is abruptly stopped. 

Withdrawing from benzos, including flubromazolam, can be painful. There is also a high likelihood of relapse associated with these drugs. Therefore, it is important to seek professional help when attempting to detox from this substance. Side effects of withdrawal from flubromazolam include: 

Chills

Body and muscle aches

Anxiety

Panic Attacks

Vomiting

Distortions in perception

Seizures 

Asheville Recovery Center is Here to Help

Flubromazolam is a dangerous, highly addictive, and unregulated benzo derivative. Therefore, it is extremely important to seek help immediately if you or a loved one is struggling with this addiction. The founders of Asheville Recovery Center, as well as many of our addiction therapists, have struggled with addiction and now enjoy life in recovery. They understand the struggles of addiction and how difficult it is to overcome alone. Our addiction specialists are experts in their field and will be there to support you every step of the way. 

Our treatment specialists at Asheville Recovery Center have developed a unique, hybrid model of treatment which combines a traditional 12-step program with holistic rehabilitation. A multitude of services, programs, and therapies are offered, including the Partial Hospitalization Program, Residential-style treatment, outpatient rehabilitation, and more. You do not have to struggle with addiction alone. If you feel that you or a loved one is struggling with flubromazolam abuse or addiction, our specialists are on standby and ready to help. Call (828)518-6996 and speak with an addiction expert today so you can take the first step towards a rewarding life of sobriety.

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