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Restoril

(Temazepam)

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Helps you relax and sleep.

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Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.

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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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Risks and Warnings for Restoril (Temazepam)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Taking longer than 4 weeks
    • History of drug abuse

    If you use Restoril (Temazepam) for 4 weeks or more, it's likely that your body will develop tolerance to it, which means that more and more of the medication is needed to achieve the same effect. You're also likely to become physically dependent on the medication, meaning you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it all at once. You can avoid withdrawal by weaning off of the medication very slowly with the help of a doctor. Take only the prescribed dose to minimize risks of abuse and overdose. Restoril (Temazepam) shouldn't be used by people with a history of drug abuse if an alternative medication is available.

Common concerns from people taking Restoril (Temazepam)

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Alcohol
  • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
  • It is very addictive but it does help it's better than alcohol as far as your liver is concerned
  • Do not drink alcohol. Can greatly worsen side effects.
Sleep
  • 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.
  • I take 15 mg and get sleepy within 20 mins and sleeps until about 4:00 am and take it at 10: to 10:30. I wake up to go to bathroom makebe a little later.
  • I have tried every sleeping medication on the market as I have chronic severe insomnia, it has worked better than any other medication I've tried including ambien. I can only hope I don't build a tolerance to this medication like I have other medications. At times I am able to add two mg of Klonopin with it which allows me to stay asleep for approximately 6 hours, for me this is as good as it gets dor me. I have had severe insomnia for over 12 yrs.
  • I take it when I need to sleep between night shifts. I take a half dose during anxiety attacks in order to chill out. Be careful when mixing this med with other anxiety/sleep meds, and do not take more than prescribed.