Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), manufactured by Hoffman-La Roche, is prescribed for short-term treatment of insomnia and in conjunction with certain surgical procedures. According to drugs.com, Rohypnol is not approved in the United States for medical use; instead, it is better known in America as the "date rape drug."
This short-acting benzodiazepine induces anxiety reduction, muscle relaxation and sedation. Its effects are estimated to be between seven and 10 times more powerful than Valium.
After taking Rohypnol, you are usually unable to recall many events that occurred while you were under the influence of the medication. This is particularly dangerous since victims of Rohypnol-related sexual assault may not be able to clearly remember anything that happened.
Rohypnol is highly addictive. Many abusers take the drug to boost the high of other drugs and induce intoxication. Abusers often experience dizziness, loss of coordination, drowsiness, diminished motor control, slurred speech and confusion.
Rohypnol side effects include memory problems, decrease in blood pressure, confusion, gastrointestinal discomfort, drowsiness, dizziness, visual disturbances and the retention of urine. In some users, Rohypnol can cause aggression and excitability.
Rohypnol withdrawal side effects include anxiety, abdominal discomfort, metallic taste in your mouth, flatulence, aches, blurred vision, changes in perception, diarrhea, panic attacks, nightmares, muscle spasms, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, ringing in your ears and suicidal thoughts.