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Re: ******OMG ******Restoril!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! undopaminergic

Posted by Horned One on June 30, 2008, at 8:29:08

In reply to Re: ******OMG ******Restoril!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, posted by undopaminergic on June 30, 2008, at 0:21:28

I know benzos like the back of my hand. I don't need to check the Wiki article. There's nothing special about temazepam the drug, but it has gained a certain notoriety. It became popular among recreational users in the UK because it was common at one point for it to be dispensed as a green gel filled capsule (streeet name 'jellies'), the contents of which could easily be taken out and injected. As far as I'm aware it is the only benzodiazepine to have been marketed in this form. This preparation can no longer be prescribed on the NHS, and I think medcial regulatory bodies worldwide now strongly discourage doctors from prescribing it in capsule form. Neverthelss the drug is still, as you say, one of the most sought-after benzos amongst recreational users, but this is most likely due to the notoriety of the old gel-filled capsule rather than any special euphoric or addictive properties of temazepam itself. It's the capsule form that is most attractive to addicts, but temazepam (or 'temmies' as they're known round here) is still popular among addicts whatever form it comes in. If addicts knew their stuff though, they'd choose alprazolam tablets over temazepam tablets any day, because you get much more bang for your buck that way, but on the whole I find they're driven more by fashion and lore than pharmacology.

Is temazepam any more likely to be addictive in the medical setting than other benzodiazepines? I don't think so. It's about 40 times less potent than Xanax, from personal experience less euphoric, has a slightly longer half life, and is usually taken once at night rather than in repeated doses through the day. That was my point.





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