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Halcion vs. Restoril

Are Halcion and Restoril the Same Thing?

Halcion (triazolam) and Restoril (temazepam) are benzodiazepine sedatives used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling or staying asleep.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Halcion?

Common side effects of Halcion include:

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Halcion including:

  • memory loss, or
  • mental/mood/behavior changes (such as new or worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, or anxiety).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Restoril?

Common side effects of Restoril include:

  • dizziness
  • daytime drowsiness (or during hours when you are not normally sleeping)
  • amnesia or forgetfulness
  • muscle weakness
  • loss of balance or coordination
  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • depression
  • nervousness
  • excitability
  • irritability
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach discomfort
  • dry mouth
  • increased thirst, or
  • numbness
  • burning
  • pain, or
  • tingly feeling

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Restoril including weak or shallow breathing, fast or pounding heartbeats, confusion, slurred speech, unusual thoughts or behavior, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, restless muscle movements (in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck), pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, problems with urination, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

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What is insomnia? See Answer

What Is Halcion?

Halcion (triazolam) is a benzodiazepine used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling or staying asleep.

What Is Restoril?

Restoril (temazepam) is a benzodiazepine sedative hypnotic used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling or staying asleep.

What Drugs Interact With Halcion?

Halcion may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (such as cold medicines, pain medications, muscle relaxants, and medicines for depression, anxiety, or seizures) or antidepressants.

Halcion may also interact with awith birth control pills, cyclosporine, grapefruit juice, ranitidine, antibiotics, ergotamine, or heart medications.

Do not stop using Halcion suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What Drugs Interact With Restoril?

Restoril may interact with fluvoxamine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, or other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety).

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How Should Halcion Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Halcion for most adults is 0.25 mg before retiring.

How Should Restoril Be Taken?

The usual recommended usual adult dose of Restoril is 15 mg before retiring, though 7.5 mg may be sufficient for some patients, and others may need 30 mg.

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References
FDA. Halcion Prescribing Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/017892s049lbl.pdf
FDA. Restoril Prescribing Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/018163s064lbl.pdf
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