Urbanol is the commercial name given to Clobazam which is a benzodiazepine class medication. Urbanol is commonly sold as Frisium and Onfi in South Africa as a prescribed medication used for many anxieties, insomnia, seizures, epilepsy-related conditions. If Clobazam is taken in high doses for an extended period of time, tolerance can develop. A higher tolerance level necessitates a higher dosage requirement as well as a higher dependency level. If you stop taking the medication after becoming dependent on it, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.
Because this medication is so potent, you may experience withdrawal symptoms even if you’ve been taking it as prescribed by a doctor. Because of this, many doctors are hesitant to prescribe it for long-term use. To compensate, you may be tempted to use it beyond the recommended time frame, as it loses effectiveness over time. Withdrawal symptoms, like addiction symptoms, can be physical or psychological in nature.
There is a wide range of withdrawal symptoms that you can experience, ranging from mild to severe. Some of the more dangerous withdrawal symptoms include hallucinations, tremors, insomnia, and seizures. The intensity of your symptoms can be affected by a number of factors, including how long you’ve been abusing the drug, the number of doses you’re taking, and the method of administration you’re using. Withdrawal can be dangerous if not properly treated, which is why we always recommend medically supervised detoxification.
Facts on anxiety, insomnia, seizures, epilepsy medications
Urbanol is a schedule 4 controlled substance that is classified as a benzodiazepine and is used to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and epilepsy. Because Clobazam is a highly controlled substance under South African law, all South African medical doctors who prescribe or dispense benzodiazepines like (Urbanol, Frisium, and Onfi) must keep a national register of prescriptions.
The reason for the high scheduling for Clobazam, Frisium, Onfi, and other benzodiazepine medications is that psychotropic drugs like Urbanol can affect the chemical composition of the brain and nervous system, as well as influence your emotions, mind and moods, or perceptions.
Using Urbanol with other drugs or alcohol has a significant potential to cause chain reactions that increase the likelihood of overdoses or even death.
What does Urbanol do?
Urbanol adheres to benzodiazepine receptors in your nervous system and brain. This boosts the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) chemicals. This can produce a calming effect in your brain. Clobazam is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and it could be prescribed as hypnotic medication.
Seeing as how the intent of Urbanol slows down your central nervous system and you can enter a more relaxed state of wellbeing. This de-activated state becomes the key drawcard for people who have underlying or ongoing states of stress and anxiety inside their daily life that are the root causation of the anxiety, insomnia, seizures, epilepsy-related conditions.
Unfortunately, it does not take you long to figure out that medications work in diminishing many anxieties, insomnia, seizures, epilepsy symptoms. For this reason so many individuals get addicted to Urbanol even using it as prescribed by their medical professionals. Tolerance to and withdrawal from Clobazam establishes itself relatively quickly thus so does the compulsion to increase the recommended dose beyond that of the prescription.
Urbanol used to help treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures, epilepsy
Many people that struggle with anxiety, insomnia, seizures, epilepsy can find short to medium term relief in Clobazam (Urbanol, Frisium and Onfi) prescriptions. In most scenarios, benzodiazepines like Urbanol are a short-term solution which should be used alongside talk therapy and adjustments to your lifestyle to address the underlying causes of anxiety, insomnia, seizures, epilepsy symptoms. This frequently includes longer-term alterations to your diet, sleep and mental health.
Urbanol is taken orally in a tablet or suspension form. Many modern benzodiazepines are sold in two formats, short-release and long-release. Generally, Urbanol will remain in your system for around 10 days or 5 “half-lives” to metabolise Clobazam from the body. Shorter acting benzodiazepines maintain a short half-life meaning that they are processed faster by the body. Conversely, long-acting benzodiazepines take longer to be metabolised by the body.
Urbanol Withdrawal and Detox
Even when used as prescribed, Urbanol may cause psychological or physical dependence/addiction. Once the addiction cycle develops, your body will need to keep taking Urbanol to prevent the withdrawal symptoms. Urbanol can have a potentially dangerous withdrawal so you should never try to go “cold turkey” and should seek the advice of a professional before attempting to withdrawal from Urbanol. Depending on how much Urbanol you have been taking, an sudden withdrawal can trigger a seizure, coma, and other potentially fatal scenarios.
South Africa’s leading mental wellness centre
Recovery Direct (Cape Town) is a market-leading exclusive treatment centre which uses on specialised talk therapy in a highly confidential and exclusive care centre.
Treatment for the withdrawal of benzodiazepines like Clobazam may require specialised care. The underlying drivers of many addictive behaviours can be traced back to psychological events in your life. Our therapists help by understanding your unique needs and then helping you to develop and navigate the best tools to move forward from where you are now to where you want to be.