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(triazolam) Tablets, USP
HALCION Tablets contain triazolam, a triazolobenzodiazepine hypnotic agent.
Triazolam is a white crystalline powder, soluble in alcohol and poorly soluble in water. It has a molecular weight of 343.21.
The chemical name for triazolam is 8-chloro-6-(o-chlorophenyl)-1-methyl-4H-s-triazolo-[4,3-α] [1,4] benzodiazepine.
The structural formula is represented below:
Each HALCION Tablet, for oral administration, contains 0.25 mg of triazolam. Inactive ingredients: 0.25mg—cellulose, corn starch, docusate sodium, FD&C Blue No. 2, lactose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, sodium benzoate.
What are the possible side effects of triazolam (Halcion)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- feeling like you might pass out;
- staggering walk, loss of balance or coordination, very stiff (rigid) muscles;
- agitation, anxiety, confusion, slurred speech, hallucinations, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness;
- chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, feeling short of breath;
- problems with...
What are the precautions when taking triazolam (Halcion)?
Before taking triazolam, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, lung/breathing problems (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, sleep apnea), mental/mood problems (such as depression, thoughts of suicide), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol/other substances, personal or family history of sleepwalking, a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis).
Since this drug makes you drowsy, do not drive, use machinery,...
Last reviewed on RxList: 10/2/2014
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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