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Halcion Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is triazolam (Halcion)?
- What are the possible side effects of triazolam (Halcion)?
- What is the most important information I should know about triazolam (Halcion)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking triazolam (Halcion)?
- How should I take triazolam (Halcion)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Halcion)?
- What happens if I overdose (Halcion)?
- What should I avoid while taking triazolam (Halcion)?
- What other drugs will affect triazolam (Halcion)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking triazolam (Halcion)?
Some people using this medication have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking triazolam and talk with your doctor.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to triazolam or similar medications, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), flurazepam (Dalmane), or lorazepam (Ativan).
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. The following drugs should not be used while you are taking triazolam:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- conivaptan (Vaprisol);
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin) or erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin);
- an antifungal medication such as itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral); or
- medication to treat hepatitis C , HIV, or AIDS.
To make sure triazolam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
- kidney or liver disease;
- myasthenia gravis; or
- a history of depression, drug or alcohol addiction, or suicidal thoughts or actions.
Triazolam may be habit forming. Never share triazolam with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use triazolam if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Use effective birth control while you are using this medication.
It is not known whether triazolam passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medication.
The sedative effects of triazolam may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking triazolam.
How should I take triazolam (Halcion)?
Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take triazolam only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You may fall asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Take triazolam on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after a meal.
Triazolam is usually taken only for a short time. Call your doctor if your insomnia does not improve after taking triazolam for 7 to 10 nights, or if you have any mood or behavior changes. Insomnia can be a symptom of depression, mental illness, or certain medical conditions.
Do not stop using triazolam suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using triazolam.
Your insomnia symptoms may return when you stop using triazolam after using it over a long period of time. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Triazolam is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Additional Halcion Information
- Halcion Drug Interactions Center: triazolam oral
- Halcion Side Effects Center
- Halcion Overview including Precautions
- Halcion FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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