Temazepam – Restoril

Temazepam is prescribed for the many symptoms of insomnia such as difficulty falling asleep at night, waking up frequently during the night or waking up before you are fully rested. Temazepam is sold under the names: Restoril, Temtabs, Normison, Euhypnos, Tenox, Remestan, Norkotral and Temaze.

Temazepam, like other benzodiazepines, works by increasing the effects of GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that inhibits several activities of the brain that promote alertness. Temazepam increases the total sleep time by reducing this pro-alertness activity in the brain that may lead to sleep disorders and anxiety.

Because most sleep disorders are temporary, Temazepam and other sleep medications are usually only prescribed for a short period of time, depending on the severity of the problem. Insomnia that lasts longer than seven to ten days may be part of a more serious ongoing problem and should be evaluated by a doctor.

Temazepam Side Effects

Temazepam is not for everybody and can cause some adverse reactions and side effects. The most common Restoril side effects are:

  • Nervousness
  • Sluggishness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Sudden drop of dosage or stopping Temazepam may cause additional side effects such as abdominal and muscle cramping, convulsions and sweating. There is also the risk of Temazepam abuse.

Warnings About Temazepam

Not everyone should take this medication. A doctor will fully evaluate health conditions before prescribing this or any other sleep medication. People who should not take Temazepam or who should only do so under strict monitoring include:

  • Those who have liver disease or liver problems
  • Those who have been treated for severe depression
  • Those with breathing or lung problems
  • Those with chronic kidney disease

This drug is not recommended for women who are currently pregnant or plan to be pregnant in the near future. In addition, it should not be used by nursing mothers as it can show up in the breast milk and harm the baby.

Using Temazepam for extended periods of time is not recommended because you will build up a tolerance to it and it may no longer be effective. Do not increase your Temazepam dosage without consulting your doctor as there is a risk of a Temazepam overdose.

Food and Drug Interactions

Some drugs are likely to interact with other medications or certain foods. There are several classes of drugs that should not be taken with Temazepam, including:

  • Tranquilizers that are classified as “major,” such as thorazine or mellaril
  • Antidepressant medications such as Elavil and Nardil
  • Narcotic pain relievers like Demerol and percocet
  • Barbiturates such as Phenobarbital and Seconal
  • Antihistamines like Benadryl

It is very important to tell your doctor everything that you take on a regular or occasional basis when you are starting Temazepam. This includes over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies and any other drugs.

It is also important to remember that if your sleep problem is not resolved in seven to ten days, it might be a sign of a more serious problem that must be addressed. You should evaluate your sleep disorder symptoms with your doctor.

Further resources:

Medicinenet.com Temazepam

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