Recovery Direct provides comprehensive therapeutic care programme designed to help people struggling with anxiety, sleep, stress and range of problematic conditions related to prescription medications.
What is Urbanol?
Urbanol (Clobazam) is also known by other brand names such as Onifi, Frisium, and Tapclob and is used as an anxiolytic and anticonvulsant tranquillizer sedative or hypnotic also classified under the more common term benzodiazepine. Urbanol is most often prescribed as a medicine used in the treatment of sleep, anxiety, and epileptic seizures. Urbanol is known to have a lesser sedative effect than other benzodiazepines due to alterations in its chemical compositions. As a benzodiazepine derivative, Urbanol may also be used in monotherapy for epilepsy or intermittent seizure issues. The medical application of Clobazam prescriptions may vary slightly from country to country, depending on the local market drug approvals and other factors deemed applicable by the medical professional at the time.
Frequently Asked Questions About Urbanol
What is Professional Talk Therapy For Anxiety
Talk therapy programs provide emotional support for people with anxiety and are used in conjunction with the medication or without. These programmes are designed to help regulate the underlying drivers of the emotions or behaviours as a means to restore the individual to a natural state of wellbeing.
When must Urbanol NOT be Used?
Clobazam must not be used in cases when
- Patients exhibit a Hypersensitivity to Clobazam
- Patients exhibit a dependence on other medications, drugs or alcohol
- In the first trimester of pregnancy,
- Lactating women are breastfeeding infants.
Other indications of Urbanol include a number of precautions around
- Reduced doses for children and elderly people
- It should be given with caution in patients with myasthenia gravis or respiratory problems or sleep apnea
- Clobazam should also be avoided in patients with porphyria
Can You Take Urbanol On An Empty Stomach?
Urbanol may be taken with food or on an empty stomach. However, one should avoid drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medication as it can increase the levels of Clobazam in your bloodstream.
What Are The Most Common Side Effects of Urbanol?
The most common side effects of Clobazam may include the following indications.
- Insomnia and sleep issues
- Coughs and or fevers
- Painful urination or constipation
- Feeling tired or drowsiness
- Drooling or slurred speech
- Aggressive behaviours
What Are The Side Effects of Urbanol?
Urbanol makes people feel drowsy to some degree dizziness and tiredness can occur.
Patients frequently experience constipation, fevers, coughing, drooling, and sometimes trouble with natural sleep patterns.
If these issues escalate then it is recommended to seek medical advice.
Your medical professional would have prescribed Urbanol as they have deemed the greater benefit is worth the risk of the side effects. In most cases, people using prescription medication as directed, will NOT experience significant side effects. As with many medications, this Urbanol may also contain inactive ingredients, that can cause allergic reactions or other issues depending on the manufacturer.
How Long Does Urbanol Stay in your System?
The half-life elimination time in children who take Urbanol is around 16 hours. Yet for adults, it can be between 36 and 42 hours. There is also a metabolite left behind by Urbanol that has a half-life of up to 82 hours.
Clobazam is a long-acting drug, so stages withdrawal may start long after than that of a drug with a shorter half-life. Users may start to experience withdrawal symptoms anywhere from 24 to 48 h (even longer) after stopping usage. Due to this extended action timeframe, Urbanol can also show up on drug tests for an extended period of time.
How is Urbanol Taken?
Urbanol is usually taken orally and usually comes in packs of 30 tablets of three different strengths: 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg or a suspension liquid.
Urbanol Used To Treat Anxiety
Urbanol has been widely approved for use in the treatment of anxiety. In South Africa, Clobazam has been approved for use as an add-on therapy to treat acute and chronic anxiety cases.
Urbanol Used To Treat Childhood Epilepsy
It is still uncertain if there are any additional benefits of clobazam over that of other anticonvulsant medications for children that exhibit Rolandic childhood epilepsy or other such epileptic syndromes.
Is Urbanol Addictive?
Benzodiazepines or benzos are known to be addictive and you can become dependent on them even if you are taking them as prescribed by your health care professional.
Prescription medication such as Clobazam as with other benzodiazepines can lead to dependence or addiction and what is commonly identified as the benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome or simply “tranquilizer addiction”. Neurons in the brain adapt to the presence of Clobazam and are underactive when it is withdrawn, this causes a physical dependence withdrawal reaction.
With longer-acting benzodiazepines, the withdrawal effects can become most prominent inside a month or two; with the shorter-acting medications, withdrawl effects can be exierienced inside a week of day to day use.
Precautions and contraindications of Urbanol are the same as for any other benzodiazepine tranquillizer medication that can lead to physical dependence due to the changes it makes to the brain chemistry and functions.
Prescription drug addiction is one of the fastest-growing forms of addiction in the world today and benzodiazepines do play a leading role in this modern phenomenon. While these drugs contribute toward addiction cases they simultaniously also provide direct relief for the medical conditions to which they are targeted.
Symptoms are most often related to compulsive or uncontrolled use of the drug outside of the prescribed parameters. Substance use disorders are most often defined as the continued use of a substance in spite of the negative side effects or impacts to the person’s health or wellbeing.
Can You Mix Urbanol (Clobazam) and Alcohol?
Can I drink when using Urbanol? The short answer is no.
Both Urbanol and Alcohol are central nervous system depressants. In higher doses symptoms include much the same drowsiness, slurred speech patterns and loss of motor coordination.
Combined with alcohol the depressant effects of both substances exponentially compounded. The risks of overdose or accidents are increased as alcohol intensifies almost all of Urbanols side effects.
Benzodiazepines on their own rarely cause “overdoses” however in combination with alcohol there are a number of dangerous respiratory conditions that may occur and can potentially be fatal. Mixing alcohol and Urbanol may significantly compound issues related to psychological treatment process of anxiety and depression.
South Africa’s Top Benzodiazepine An Anxiety Treatment Centre
Most individuals “addicted” to benzodiazepines require long-term treatments that may extend beyond residential inpatient treatment. These extended treatment programmes usually take the format of outpatient therapy services which differ from person to person. In the Recovery Direct Centre in Cape Town, we have created a specialised treatment environment that is dedicated to solving the complexity of anxiety-related issues that are fueling addiction based behaviours.