Gas Station Heroin: Tianeptine (Zaza Pills) and Its Dangers

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Tianeptine is an antidepressant and anxiolytic drug that affects the brain and has opioid-like properties as well. It was initially developed in France in the 1960s and has been used in various parts of the world as an antidepressant. The compound is known by Zaza and Tianna Red when bought by users at gas stations and some smoke shops.

Gas Station Heroin

Due to its opioid agonist properties, there have been reports of tianeptine abuse, especially in high doses. Users might experience euphoria similar to that produced by classical opioids (heroin, Vicodin, fentanyl). This has led to a growing number of overdose cases and emergency room visits. Over time, misuse can result in physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms upon quitting. Zaza and Tianna Red abuse is at an all time high in Florida, including Panama City and Pensacola. Florida Springs, the best drug and alcohol rehab in Florida, can treat tianeptine abusers in a safe and clinical setting, with similar protocols to Opioid Use Disorder and multiple-drug abuse disorders. Visit our website for more information on inpatient treatment, or call us today at 850-403-6566.

According to research published in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science, “the therapeutic dose range is about 25 to 50 milligrams, but tianeptine abusers may take 100 times that amount. Tolerance occurs rapidly and users who seek to recapture the short-lived euphoric effects of the drug have to take more and more. Social media has peer-support sites for those trying to discontinue tianeptine. Tianeptine is associated with multiple side effects at high doses along with dependence, withdrawal symptoms, toxicity, respiratory depression, and even death. Extreme agitation is often a symptom of withdrawal. Tianeptine is often used by street drug abusers who may be unaware of the drug’s dangers. Few clinicians are aware of tianeptine and most urine screens do not screen for it. Greater awareness is needed for this drug, and steps must be taken as tianeptine or “gas station heroin” is emerging as a new public health threat.”

Withdrawal and Side Effects

Withdrawal from tianeptine can be severe for those who have developed a dependence on it. This might include flu-like symptoms, insomnia, depression, irritability, and in severe cases, confusion and hallucinations, and death. There are concerns about

tianeptine’s potential to cause liver damage. Even patients under a doctor’s care are advised to undergo regular liver function tests while on the drug.

Zaza and Tianna Red are not safe to mix with other drugs. Tianeptine might interact with other medications, potentially leading to heightened side effects or decreased breathing and death. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider about potential drug interactions. As with many medications, tianeptine can cause side effects even when taken as directed, and Zaza and Tianna Red users are often taking well above the medical dose. Common early side effects include dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, and drowsiness, among many others. Overdoses on Zaza and Tianna Red have been multiplying in the Florida Panhandle Region, and overdose can result in severe health complications, including respiratory depression (a hallmark of opioid use), cardiovascular issues, and death.

Due to all of these concerns, tianeptine’s legal status varies by country. While it’s prescription-only in some places, it is banned or controlled in others. In the US, it is available at many gas stations and other retail outlets, but not in any FDA-approved form.

This is why spreading information on the dangers of Zaza and Tianna Red is so important. These “gas station heroin” concoctions might remain available for purchase in the US, putting people in danger who believe something purchased in a store will be safe. If you or a loved one is struggling with Zaza or Tianna Red Abuse, or an addiction to Kratom or other substance, please call Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center today. Florida Springs is the best drug and alcohol rehab in Panama City Florida, and offers a safe and relaxing environment for seeking the help you need.

By Tim Cannon