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Temazepam

Identifier

002201

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination (797)

Background

In 1987, Temazepam was the most widely-abused legal prescription drug in the United Kingdom. 

Street terms for temazepam include king kong pills (formerly referred to barbiturates, now more commonly refers to temazepam), jellies, jelly, Edinburgh eccies, tams, terms, mazzies, temazies, tammies, temmies, beans, eggs, green eggs, wobbly eggs, knockouts, hardball, norries, oranges (common term in Australia and New Zealand), rugby balls, ruggers, terminators, red and blue, no-gos, blackout, green devils, drunk pills, brainwash, mind erasers, tem-tem's (combined with buprenorphine), mommy's big helper, vitamin T, big T, TZ, and others

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A description of the experience

Temazepam  - Temazepam is available in English-speaking countries under the following brand names - Euhypnos , Normison , Norkotral, Nortem , Remestan, Restoril  , Temaze, Temtabs and  Tenox

It is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine mostly prescribed for “the short-term treatment of sleeplessness in patients who have difficulty maintaining sleep”. The United States Air Force uses temazepam as one of the approved pills to “help aviators and special duty personnel sleep in support of mission readiness”. [yes you are reading this right]. 

Temazepam is currently a Schedule IV drug under the international Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, but Sweden and a number of other countries have gone way beyond this listing.  In Sweden, temazepam is classed as a "narcotic" drug listed as both a List II (Schedule II) which denotes that it is a drug with limited medicinal use and a high risk of addiction, it is also listed as a List V (Schedule V) substance which denotes that the drug is prohibited in Sweden under the Narcotics Drugs Act (1968). Temazepam is banned in Sweden and possession and distribution of even small amounts is punishable by a prison sentence and a fine.

It has a very very high level of abuse.  According to one study back in 1985, it had the highest rate of drug intoxication, including overdose, among the common benzodiazepines in cases with and without combination with alcohol.  You may think that this study is now out of date, but continued studies have simply confirmed these findings

Temazepam and nitrazepam were the two benzodiazepines most commonly detected in overdose-related deaths in an Australian study of drug deaths. A 1993 British study found temazepam to have the highest number of deaths per million prescriptions among medications commonly prescribed in the 1980s (11.9, versus 5.9 for benzodiazepines overall, taken with or without alcohol).  A 1995 Australian study of patients admitted to hospital after benzodiazepine overdose corroborated these results, and found temazepam overdose much more likely to lead to coma in comparison to other benzodiazepines (odds ratio 1.86).

Temazepam was the most commonly used benzodiazepine in a study, published 1994, of injecting drug users in seven cities and had been injected from preparations of capsules, tablets and syrup.  Temazepam use was particularly associated with violent or disorderly behaviours and contact with the police in a 1997 study of young single homeless people in Scotland.

Temazepam accounts for most benzodiazepine sought by forgery of prescriptions and through pharmacy burglary in Victoria, Australia. Due to intravenous abuse, the Australian government decided to put it under a more restrictive schedule than it previously was, and since March 2004 temazepam capsules have been withdrawn from the Australian market.

On Jan, 25, 2017 21,145 people reported to have side effects when taking Temazepam.
Among them, 173 people (0.82%) have Hallucination

On Jan, 23, 2017  21,145 people reported to have side effects when taking Temazepam.
Among them, 6 people (0.03%) have Hallucination, Tactile

On Jan, 29, 2017  21,145 people reported to have side effects when taking Temazepam.
Among them, 71 people (0.34%) have Hallucination, Auditory

On Jan, 29, 2017  21,145 people reported to have side effects when taking Temazepam.
Among them, 1 person (0.0%) has Hallucination, Olfactory

On Jan, 29, 2017  21,145 people reported to have side effects when taking Temazepam.
Among them, 299 people (1.41%) have Hallucinogen Abuse

On Jan, 29, 2017  9,204 people reported to have side effects when taking Restoril.
Among them, 158 people (1.72%) have Hallucination

On Jan, 29, 2017  9,204 people reported to have side effects when taking Restoril.
Among them, 37 people (0.4%) have Hallucination, Auditory

On Jan, 29, 2017 9,204 people reported to have side effects when taking Restoril.
Among them, 5 people (0.05%) have Hallucination, Tactile

On Jan, 28, 20179,204 people reported to have side effects when taking Restoril.
Among them, 47 people (0.51%) have Hallucinogen Abuse


 

 

 

Time on Temazepam when people have Hallucination  :

  < 1 month 1 - 6 months 6 - 12 months 1 - 2 years 2 - 5 years 5 - 10 years 10+ years
Hallucination 33.33% 33.33% 8.33% 16.67% 8.33% 0.00% 0.00%

Gender of people who have Hallucination when taking Temazepam  :

  Female Male
Hallucination 52.76% 47.24%

Age of people who have Hallucination when taking Temazepam  :

  0-1 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Hallucination 0.00% 0.00% 9.84% 7.38% 9.84% 9.02% 24.59% 39.34%

Severity of Hallucination when taking Temazepam  :

  least moderate severe most severe
Hallucination 0.00% 50.00% 0.00% 50.00%

On Apr, 1, 2015: 15,091 people reported to have side effects when taking Temaz. Among them, 640 people (4.24%) have Death.

Time on Temaz when people have Death  :

  < 1 month 1 - 6 months 6 - 12 months 1 - 2 years 2 - 5 years 5 - 10 years 10+ years
Death 41.67% 25.00% 8.33% 8.33% 8.33% 8.33% 0.00%

On Mar, 15, 2015: 14,982 people reported to have side effects when taking Temazepam. Among them, 637 people (4.25%) have Death.

Time on Temazepam when people have Death  :

  < 1 month 1 - 6 months 6 - 12 months 1 - 2 years 2 - 5 years 5 - 10 years 10+ years
Death 41.67% 25.00% 8.33% 8.33% 8.33% 8.33% 0.00%

The source of the experience

eHealthme

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