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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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  • 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.
  • 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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Side effects for Restoril (Temazepam)

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These are side effects of Restoril (Temazepam) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you start Restoril (Temazepam)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Restoril (Temazepam)

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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • It is very addictive but it does help it's better than alcohol as far as your liver is concerned
    Age: 34
    Gender: woman
    Taken for: Insomnia
  • Do not drink alcohol. Can greatly worsen side effects.
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Stopping Restoril (Temazepam) suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and muscle pain or burning. Withdrawal symptoms can last 6 weeks or longer. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.
  • my doc switched me from Ambien bc of the hype over Ambien side effects. I compared the side effects & this looks equal to Ambien. It works but takes longer to kick-in & sometimes I wake up unable to fall back to sleep.
    Age: 44
    Gender: woman
    Taken for: sleep
    Duration taken: a few months
  • I take restoril about 2 hours before i lie down. By then, there are no racing or obsessive thoughts and i get a complete nights sleep. Only mildly drowsy when i wake but it wears off by the time I'm done with showering and dressing.
    Age: 39
    Gender: woman
    Taken for: Insomnia
  • 30 MG gets me 6 hours of sleep vs 2 hours of bad sleep with out it.
    Age: 54
    Gender: man
    Taken for: Insomnia