Comment from: Sleepless in Cleveland 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: March 29

I have chronic insomnia & I have tried so many meds. I still don’t get but about 3 nights of sleep a week taking 15 mags. My dr wanted me to go up to 30 but my system just couldn’t tolerate it. I would love to take a more natural sleep aid with less side effects. So far none have worked for me.

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Comment from: SleeplessInArizona 35-44 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: November 28

Restoril doesn't work at all. Awful. Zero stars.

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Comment from: la_phoenix2 6zfsxv 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: November 29

I just took it for the first time after not sleeping for 2 days. I slept violently, woke frequently with my heart racing, and had severe leg cramps. I refuse to take it again.

Comment from: 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: June 09

It's a life saver ,however I am finding I need a nap everyday too. That might not be related. I can skip some nights ,but no more than 1 at a time. I have been on it for about 3 months.

Comment from: Female less than 1 month Caregiver Published: March 08

I'm a close friend of an elderly gentleman who took this pill for the first time this morning and experienced HORRIBLE hallucinations! Awful drug. Would not recommend.

Comment from: eann 65-74 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: December 12

Have had insomnia for years. took many over the counter and Rx meds, and finally got Restoril. it helps, i sleep and my anxiety is greatly reduced. it's very effective even though i have been taking it more than 10 years. I am older and cannot sleep without the restoril.

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Comment from: 65-74 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: November 29

I have not been able to get a full night's sleep in many years. After taking numerous prescription sleep aids I decided to go off all of these medications. I now take a Tylenol PM about 1/2 hr before bed and sit and sip on a cup of hot Sleepy Time tea. No side effects and most nights only get up maybe once to hit the bathroom and then go back to bed and go to sleep. For many years once my feet hit the floor I was up for the rest of the night. Nice to feel rested when I get up with no groggy side effects. I'm not a great pill pusher and have managed on this for over a year.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: May 04

I took Restoril once. I slept for three hours, then woke up. While walking down the hallway, I lost my balance quite suddenly, then fell and hit my head. I never took a second dose.

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Comment from: cgray 55-64 Female Patient Published: March 06

I wake with a head ach, dark eye circles and agitated. The 6-8 hour sleep is not worth the side effects.

Comment from: JVR Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: March 02

One pill not enough. Two pills too much.

Comment from: Ggrimes 55-64 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 02

I've had trouble sleeping for the past few months. I got temazepan 15's and 1 pill before bedtime worked fine. Then shortly 1 pill wasn't doing anything so I took 2. After a bottle it wasn't working so I bumped up to the 30 mg. that worked a few days but now it's taking 3-4 30mg to knock me out. I sleep deeply for about 6 hours but then any sound immediately wakes me up and that's it. I'm up til the next night. Is this normal?

Comment from: TGirl 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: May 30

My doctor told me Restoril will work only if I take it once every couple of weeks. It is apparently made so that it works for short term use. If you take it every night, it quits being effective for sleep. I have heard the same about Dramamine. Still it is nice to have for occasional use. I use Lunesta most nights, and use Restoril for a change once every couple of weeks.

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Comment from: delta706 45-54 Male 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: February 12

I was suffering from depression and anxiety and my doctor prescribed Restoril. It has worked great with not side effects.

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Comment from: Jstar 65-74 Female Patient Published: December 27

My doctor only gives me 20 pills a year to help with sleeping on out-of-town trips, usually 1-2 nights less than monthly. I occsionally use one if I have trouble falling asleep at home, which is rare. They have always worked well for me except for the occasional mild headache. I took one Christmas night 2014, though, and have been groggy and sleepy for two full days. I'm hoping I will be back to normal tomorrow. My edlery mother takes this brand nightly and has complained for years about being fuzzy-headed, tired, and sleepy, never knwoing why. Now I suspect it is terazepam. I will be checking with my doctor.

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Comment from: Jbennett24 19-24 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: August 13

I have insomnia ive tried ambien 10mg and it helped for a little while maybe a few months then completely stopped working out of no where and he's tried me on klonpin that didnt work either. My doctor put me on Restoril 30mg and it doesnt do a thing for me i even tried taking 2 of the 30mg capsules and still have gotten no result and 30mg is the highest dosage. Can anyone Make a suggestion on another sleeping pill.

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Comment from: 75 or over Female less than 1 month Patient Published: July 18

Had been on Ambien for years but lately had given me only 2 hrs sleep at best. Have been on 15 mg Restoril for 3 nights & whilst it gives me about 5-6 hrs sleep, I feel drugged out all day & could go back to sleep. Wish there was a lower dose. Any suggestions?

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Comment from: useright 55-64 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: July 12

I am bi-polar and take medication. I was given Restoril for panic disorder-ON LABLE. I am coming off of it because of side effects. every consumer needs to question their doctor, this drug should not be given for sleep;it is too dangerous especially for older people. It should only be used for 30 days. Why is it being used Off Label?

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Comment from: Meaningfulc1952 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: July 11

This sleep medicine has helped me more than I had expected. I would rate it as a #10 with 10 being the best sleep medicine.

Comment from: jbobjr 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: April 24

72yr old Female..staying asleep is my chronic issue..Go to sleep 11pm wakeup 3-4am..Do meditation, read with no BLUE screen,and breathing techniques..I take 30MG when I wake up at this hour and it works great..go back to sleep for 3 hrs..a miracle!!


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