Compare triazolam vs. Restoril

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Halcion
(triazolam)

Restoril
(temazepam)

Helps you stay asleep. Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.Helps you relax and sleep. Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.
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Have you used Halcion (triazolam)?
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Reviews for Restoril (temazepam)
65%
+65% better vs. Halcion (triazolam)
55%
+55% better vs. Halcion (triazolam)
16%
-16% worse vs. Halcion (triazolam)
Have you used Restoril (temazepam)?
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Side effects
triazolamRestoril
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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How it works
triazolamRestoril
Halcion (triazolam) is a benzodiazepine. It helps you stay asleep by extending how long you stay asleep, and improving the quality of your sleep so you don't wake up as much at night.Restoril (Temazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain to calm down your nervous system, helping you sleep and be less anxious.
Type of medication
triazolamRestoril
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
triazolamRestoril
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
triazolamRestoril
Risk factors for serious side effects
triazolamRestoril
  • Using Halcion (triazolam) for more than 10 days
    • People age 65 or older
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Not allowing enough time for sleep
    Detailed Halcion (triazolam) risks & warnings »
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Taking longer than 4 weeks
    • History of drug abuse
    • Long-term use
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      • Taking with alcohol
      • Taking with other drugs that acts in the brain
      • Age 65 or older
      Detailed Restoril (temazepam) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

      Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

      Alcohol
      triazolamRestoril
      • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
      • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
      Sleep
      triazolamRestoril
      • People taking Halcion (triazolam) for sleep while fighting jet lag have reported not being able to remember what happened a few hours after taking the medicine. This is more likely to happen if you drink alcohol, or if you don't have enough time to sleep. Give yourself at least 7 to 8 hours to sleep to stop this from happening.
      • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
      • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
      • Restoril (Temazepam) can make you dizzy and drowsy, especially when combined with alcohol and many other medicines that acts in your brain. It is not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
      Upsides and benefits
      triazolamRestoril
      • Halcion (triazolam) is available as a generic.
      • Compared to other similar medicines, you're less likely to have a hangover effect from Halcion (triazolam) the next day.
      • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
      • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
      • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
      Downsides and risks
      triazolamRestoril
      • Your body can get used to Halcion (triazolam) after 2 weeks.
      • Stopping Halcion (triazolam) suddenly can make your insomnia worse. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking it.
      • People who take Halcion (triazolam) can have more anxiety during the day.
      • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
      • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
      • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
      • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
      • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      triazolamRestoril
      • Take Halcion (triazolam) on an empty stomach; otherwise, it won't work as well.
      • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
      • You should only use Halcion (triazolam) for 7 to10 days. If it doesn't help you sleep, talk to your doctor.
      • You might have a hangover-like feeling the next day after taking Halcion (triazolam). Be careful driving or doing anything requiring concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
      • Only take Halcion (triazolam) if you know you're going to bed right away.
      • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
      • Starts working within 45 minutes.
      • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
      • Take it only if you can get a full night's rest.
      • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
      • Tell your doctor if you notice any changes to your memory or mood.
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