Why is Etizolam creating commotion?

By ,  Etizolam (Etizola)

Etizolam is being used in countries like Japan and India, but it is illegal in the united states. The variations of Etizolam like Depas, Etizest, Etilaam, Sedekopan, and Etizola are creating a commotion in the US. Etizolam is an analog of benzodiazepines and has a similar structure and features, technically a thieno diazepine. Etizolam acts on the central nervous system, and are generally prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia. However, like benzodiazepines, etizolam is highly addictive. Because of its sedative and relaxing nature, etizolam has been extremely abused. Etizolam has a chemically different structure than benzodiazepines but has the same capacity and effect on the nervous system, thus it is prescribed to treat sleep disorders and anxiety problems in countries like India.

The legality of Etizolam usage 

Etizolam serves as anti-anxiety and anti-convulsive medication and is legally purchased with prescription in countries like Japan, Italy, and India. Doctors in these countries prescribe 0.25, 0.5 and 1 mg Etizolam tablets for medical treatments. However, in the United States, etizolam has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Any kind of purchase of etizolam is illegal in the US. In Europe and America, etizolam is considered as an illicit drug, strictly prohibited, however, in the powdered form, etizolam is smuggled into the US.

Etizolam Effects and Abuse

Patients taking etizolam experience muscle relaxation and sedative-hypnotic effects. Etizolam is a schedule 1 drug in the United States; hence any kind of violation of the law is an abuse. It is not marketed in the US; however, it is sold online. Etizolam is a potent drug and highly addictive. Signs of someone using it illicitly are:

  • Performance degradation with poor productivity.
  • Bunking school and missing classes. 
  • Signs of isolation from family and society.
  • Avoiding responsibilities and lacking confidence.
  • Lacking interest in previously enjoyed chorus. 
  • Showing etizolam withdrawal effects. 

Stopping etizolam abruptly, or not taking the medicine makes the patient restless, and he/she starts showing withdrawal effects like:

  • Excessive sleepiness and drowsiness.
  • Showing signs of depression. 
  • Body shivering and tremors.
  • Impaired coordination and blurry vision. 
  • Mumbled speech. 

Abusing etizolam can be dangerous to health. Regular usage and overdosage can be lethal. Any kind of overdose is a medical emergency. Some of the signs of etizolam overdosage are:

  • Mood swings with abusive behaviors.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Low pulse rate.
  • Heavy breathing or extremely slow breathing.
  • Coma. 


Illicit usage of the Etizolam drug has grown exponentially in the US. Sold on the internet as research drug, etizolam drug reports have increased from 3 in 2012 to 898 in 2017, as per drug enforcement administration (DEA) observation. 

Etizolam is a very powerful drug, stronger than benzodiazepines, and the effects are 5-8 times powerful than diazepam or Valium. In America, when tested on animals, it is shown to be highly addictive. And when researched the effects on humans, the absence of etizolam after usage revealed serious withdrawal effects. In Scotland, there have cases on deaths with etizolam usage. The addictive nature and lethal characteristics of the drug have been understood and in the United States, and it is considered to be illegal.