Etizest is a prescription medicine manufactured by Consern Pharma. Although it has a slightly different chemical composition to Benzodiazepines (or ‘Benzos’), it has a similar effect. Etizest can quickly have a calming and relaxing effect on the body, so it is often used to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. And as it also has mild sedative properties, Etizest may also be used to treat insomnia and sleep disorders, making it easier to rest.
How Etizest Works
Etizest contains the active ingredient Etizolam, which is a Thienodiazepine derived from Benzodiazepines. Originally developed in Japan, Etizolam is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that stimulates the body’s natural production of the GABA chemical.
GABA is a neurotransmitter that acts as a messenger between the body and the brain. When levels of the GABA chemical are increased, activity in the areas of the brain responsible for controlling emotion and thinking begins to decrease. This gives the body a chance to rest, relaxing the muscles and creating a feeling of calmness and stillness.
Etizest is often prescribed to treat:
- Short term anxiety
- Severe nervousness
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Insomnia and other disruptive sleep disorders
Etizest should be taken as recommended by the prescribing doctor. As a starting dose, a patient may usually take one 0.25mg tablet by mouth per day on a short term basis. It is important to take Etizest at the same time each day to maintain consistent levels.
Etizest can be taken with or without food.
Etizest Side Effects
Etizest is generally considered to be safe when taken as prescribed, especially at low doses. However, some mild side effects similar to those of Benzodiazepines may be experienced as there are shared properties between the two. Side effects may include:
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
- Involuntary eye movements
- Low blood pressure
- Slow heartbeat
- Increased sleepiness
It is important for patients to read the patient information leaflet in the packaging for a full list of possible side effects from taking Etizest. Always consult with the prescribing doctor if side effects persist. If experiencing difficulty breathing, call 999 immediately.
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