Rohypnol is frequently abused at raves, night clubs, parties, and bars. It is known to intensify the effects of alcohol and other drugs such as heroin and cocaine. It’s also well known for its use as a “date rape drug" because the drug also causes a type of amnesia, making it harder to remember things that happen while under the influence. Rohypnol is also readily available in Mexico by prescription while it remains illegal in the United States.
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How Does It Affect Your System?
Rohypnol, also known as flunitrazepam, is a drug in the benzodiazepine class. It is an immediate-acting benzodiazepine that is useful to treat anxiety, seizures, and restless leg syndrome, and it can be used as a muscle relaxant or sedative.
What Are The Symptoms & Risk
ROHYPNOL ABUSE IS DANGEROUS AND HAS MANY SERIOUS AND SOMETIMES LIFE-THREATENING SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN LAST UP TO 12 HOURS OR MORE.
Some of these include:
Loss of motor control
Lack of coordination
Detoxing Symptoms (Withdrawl)
Withdrawal can be expected to occur within 3-4 days following last use of the drug and typically consists of anxiety and symptoms associated with anxiety. This anxiety is often labeled as rebound anxiety, as the anxiety represents a symptom controlled by the drug when the drug was used and returns once the person stops using the drug. Rebound anxiety and other symptoms will induce cravings during this period.
Other intense symptoms such as flulike symptoms, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, irritability, weight loss, and insomnia can accompany the anxiety. There is a potential for the development of seizures as well, and these can be potentially fatal. As a result, the person should be given immediate medical attention.
Protracted withdrawal occurs following the acute anxiety rebound phase, and in most individuals, it lasts 10-14 days. Milder manifestations of nausea, vomiting, shakiness, depression, anxiety, and cravings will continue over this time period.