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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 medicine 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 about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to triazolam or to other benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), or lorazepam (Ativan).
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take triazolam:
- asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
- kidney or liver disease;
- myasthenia gravis;
- a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Triazolam may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
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.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.
How should I take triazolam (Halcion)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Contact your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in helping you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Triazolam should be used for only a short time to treat insomnia. After 7 to 10 nights of use, talk with your doctor about whether or not you should keep taking triazolam. Do not take this medication for longer than 4 weeks without your doctor's advice.
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.
Triazolam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Triazolam should never be given to another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Store triazolam at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of how many tablets have been used from each new bottle of this medicine. Benzodiazepines are drugs of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household is using this 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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