Sonata is the brand name for the medication zaleplon, a sleep-inducing drug. It is also commonly abused by those wanting to experience a euphoric high, and sadly, many people also become addicted to it. For help finding safe, reliable rehab for you or someone you love who has been abusing Sonata, call 800-654-0987 today.Take Back Your Life. Call The 24Hr Addiction Hotline 800-654-0987
Understanding Sonata Abuse
Sonata is a hypnotic, a non-benzodiazepine CNS depressant prescribed to treat insomnia (National Institute on Drug Abuse). While the fact that it is not a benzodiazepine leads many users to think it is safer and less likely to be abused, there are still many individuals who misuse this drug. It is meant to aid in the process of sleep, but those who abuse it often try to fight the natural urge to sleep brought on by the drug in order to create the high they crave.
Unfortunately, the abuse of Sonata can cause many of the same issues that benzodiazepine abuse can, including severe withdrawal symptoms, deadly overdose, and addiction. It is extremely important never to misuse your Sonata prescription, as doing so will increase the chances of all of these issues occurring.
Signs and Symptoms of Sonata Abuse
Drowsiness is usually the strongest symptom associated with Sonata use, but according to the National Library of Medicine, there are a number of side effects associated with the drug. These are all more likely to occur and to be more severe in those who abuse their medication. They include:
- Lack of coordination
- Numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands and feet
- Loss of appetite
- Vision problems
- Eye pain
- Sensitivity to noise
- Distorted sense of smell
- Painful menstrual periods
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, “After taking Sonata, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing.” Many people experience amnesia after the fact as well, not remembering that they drove a car, made and ate food, talked to people, had sex, etc. This can be incredibly dangerous, especially when a person takes large doses of this drug.
Withdrawal from Sonata can be severe for those who become dependent on it. Vomiting and nausea are common as well as anxiety. In some rare cases, individuals can also experience seizures, but because these results can worsen so quickly and without warning, it is very difficult to be certain if someone will experience this issue or not. This is why it is so important that someone who has been abusing Sonata is weaned off the drug slowly.Family is Forever. Get Help for Your Loved One. Call The 24Hr Addiction Hotline 800-654-0987
Addiction to Sonata does occur. Many individuals do not realize the way the drug is changing how they think and act until it is too late and they are unable to quit on their own. This is why it is so important to prevent Sonata abuse as early as possible.
Those who become addicted to this or another type of hypnotic drug have a much higher chance of experiencing withdrawal as well as the effects listed above. Those who do also put themselves in danger of an overdose, which, according to the National Library of Medicine, can cause coma and death. While not considered as dangerous as benzodiazepines, hypnotics like Sonata can create many of the same effects as these dangerous drugs, and the longer a person goes on being addicted to them, the more severe the effects are likely to become.
Sonata Addiction Treatment
Patients must first be weaned of the drug or another similar substance in order to avoid severe withdrawal effects. Once they have been stabilized, behavioral therapies are usually the main method used in treatment. Patients are often able to learn better coping skills for the future as well as to understand the reasons behind their abuse and how to avoid relapse during recovery.
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Sonata can be a dangerous drug if misused, just like other CNS depressants, which is why doctors strongly insist that they are only taken as prescribed. If you have been misusing Sonata or another similar drug, call 800-654-0987 for immediate help in finding the best treatment program for your needs.