Triazolam – Halcion

There are several kinds of sleep medicine that physicians prescribe to treat insomnia. Triazolam, which is part of the benzodiazepines drug family, is one of them. This is a drug that is used to promote sleep onset by reducing brain activity through its sedative and amnesic properties.

Triazolam uses include transient (short term) insomnia or jetlag, when people have difficulties getting to sleep. This drug has attractive properties in comparison to other sleep medications. It has a quick onset action (15-30 minutes) that will get the person to sleep faster than many other sleeping pills, it enters the blood within approximately ten minutes. Also, its short half life of 2 to 6 hours means that many of the drug’s effects should be gone by morning.

However, despite these features, studies have shown that Triazolam frequently causes more psychotic disturbances than other benzodiazepines and that despite its short half life the drug frequently can cause next-day grogginess and residual cognitive impairment. While lower dosages of Triazolam are still approved for use in the US by the FDA, other countries have banned the medication.

Triazolam should be taken at bedtime only. If you are not ready to go to sleep right away, do not take Triazolam. Consumed orally, Triazolam should be taken as prescribed and directed by your doctor. If you are unclear about how you should take it, have your doctor or pharmacist, explain it to you.

Triazolam Side Effects

Triazolam does have certain side effects that potential users should be aware of. In addition to the potential for psychotic disturbances, many people have reported feeling weak or dizzy after taking Triazolam, while others have reported instances of nausea and vomiting, moodiness and muscle cramps. Additionally, while Triazolam will help the person get to sleep faster, it will reduce the amount of deep sleep.

Most of these side effects, if they appear at all, should disappear soon after the body gets used to the drug, which, like many other sleeping medications, should only be used for short-term treatment of the condition. Triazolam is not for pregnant women or mothers who are nursing, and should only be used under the care of a doctor.

Although tolerance, dependency and withdraw is a potential with most sleeping pills, and there are cases of this with Triazolam, research has shown that this risk with Triazolam is believed to be low.

If you are suffering from insomnia, talk to your doctor about taking Triazolam or an alternative treatment plan. Your doctor will know if this is the right medication for you and the correct dosage that you should be taking.

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