Brand Names: Restoril
Generic Name: temazepam
- What is temazepam (Restoril)?
- What are the possible side effects of temazepam (Restoril)?
- What is the most important information I should know about temazepam (Restoril)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking temazepam (Restoril)?
- How should I take temazepam (Restoril)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Restoril)?
- What happens if I overdose (Restoril)?
- What should I avoid while taking temazepam (Restoril)?
- What other drugs will affect temazepam (Restoril)?
- Where can I get more information (Restoril)?
What is temazepam (Restoril)?
Temazepam is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen) that is used to treat insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep).
Temazepam may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of temazepam (Restoril)?
Temazepam may cause a severe allergic reaction. Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; nausea, vomiting; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Temazepam can slow or stop your breathing, especially if you have recently used an opioid medication, alcohol, or other drugs that can slow your breathing. A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have weak or shallow breathing, if you are hard to wake up, or if you stop breathing.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Some people using temazepam have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity. Tell your doctor if this happens to you.
Common side effects may include:
- day-time drowsiness or "hangover" feeling;
- dizziness, tiredness;
- nausea; or
- feeling nervous.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about temazepam (Restoril)?
Temazepam can slow or stop your breathing, especially if you have recently used an opioid medication, alcohol, or other drugs that can slow your breathing.
MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Do not use if you are pregnant.
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking temazepam (Restoril)?
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to temazepam or similar medicines (such as alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Valium, Versed, Xanax, and others).
Do not use temazepam if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
If you use temazepam while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- lung disease or breathing problems;
- depression, mental illness, suicidal thoughts;
- alcoholism or drug addiction; or
- liver or kidney disease.
It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.
Temazepam is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take temazepam (Restoril)?
Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides. Never use temazepam in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to use more of this medicine.
Never share temazepam with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Take this medicine only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You may fall asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Call your doctor if your insomnia does not improve after taking temazepam 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 temazepam suddenly or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of your medicine. You should be aware if anyone is using it improperly or without a prescription.
What happens if I miss a dose (Restoril)?
Since temazepam is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Take temazepam only when you have time for several hours of sleep. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose (Restoril)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of temazepam can be fatal, especially if taken with alcohol.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, or loss of consciousness.
What should I avoid while taking temazepam (Restoril)?
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur.
You may still feel sleepy the morning after taking this medicine. Wait until you are fully awake before you drive, operate machinery, or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Your reactions may be impaired.
What other drugs will affect temazepam (Restoril)?
Taking temazepam with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.
Other drugs may affect temazepam, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information (Restoril)?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about temazepam.
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