Understanding the New Benzo Flubromazepam

In Treatment Programs October 16th, 2014 No Comments

Benzodiazepines are a type of tranquilizing medication often prescribed for pain or anxiety such as Valium or Xanax. Benzos, as they are commonly called, have great potential for abuse and addiction as recreational drug users seek them out for their sedating effects. While benzos can be prescribed for legitimate medical reasons such as insomnia, seizure control, alcohol withdrawal, muscle relaxation or anxiety they are frequently obtained without prescription through friends or people on the street.

The most common types of benzodiazepines come in the form of medications like Versed, Halcion, and Librium. There is a new type of benzo, however, known as flubromazepam that has attracted attention by appearing in internet shops selling designer medications and research chemicals. This new drug could create a lot more potential for abuse as it is not normally obtained through a prescription.

Benzodiazepines

What is Flubromazepam?

Flubromazepam is a benzodiazepine derivative that has been in existence since 1960 when it was first made. It was never marketed as a medication and was forgotten until it re-emerged in 2012 when it began to be sold as a research chemical. It is very similar to the drug phenazepam, another designer benzo that has been marketed by pharmaceutical companies in some countries with flubromazepam only having one single alteration to the formula.

Flubromazepam is still being studied for its effects and the usefulness of the drug as a sedative or painkiller such as Valium or Xanax. Because it is a benzodiazepine derivative it has a similar effect to that type of drug including sedative, hypnotic, muscle relaxant and antiepileptic effects.

Users state that the drug has a strong anxiolytic or anxiety inhibiting effect as well as some muscle relaxation and a mood-lifting effect. People taking flubromazepam do not experience as much brain fog as some other similar type of benzo medications.

Effects of the Drug and other Benzos

Although flubromazepam is now sold on the internet as a research chemical, it can be easily obtained for recreational purposes and has plenty of potential for abuse. It has similar effects to prescription benzos like Bromazepam which is used to treat panic attacks, insomnia and anxiety but it is not yet available through prescription. It is intended for use in pharmaceutical research and clinical trials but recreational users are already experimenting with drug to see how it compares with other types of benzos.

Flubromazepam is likely much stronger than regular pharmaceutical benzos because it is still being studied and developed for prescription use. Recreational users might not be aware of the strength of the medication and end up taking too much without realizing. The drug can also take time to reach its full effect which could potentially lead to overdose if users become impatient and start taking more of the drug.

Flubromazepam also has a long half-life and the effects of the drug can last almost the entire day making it the type of medication that the brain gets adjusted to. When this happens it can potentially lead to a serious addiction because the brain gets used to functioning with the effect of benzodiazepine all the time.

Without it the body and mind could go through intense withdrawal symptoms. Even a single use of this drug can lead to a type of withdrawal effect or “comedown” where the user feels depressed the next day. As with any type of benzo, Flubromazepam can be abused for the purpose of achieving a state of relaxation and euphoria.

The drug, however, can become very addictive and lead to tolerance, withdrawal symptoms and potentially an overdose.  A research chemical like Flubromazepam could become problematic the more it is used recreationally.

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