Halcion

(triazolam)

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Helps you stay asleep.

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Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.

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Quick facts about triazolam
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (triazolam)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about triazolam
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (triazolam)

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What to expect when you take Halcion (triazolam) for Insomnia

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  • Tolerance
  • Higher anxiety
  • Drowsiness/Hangover effect
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Side effect rates for Halcion (triazolam)

From 2000 clinical trials of triazolam when taken for trouble sleeping
  • Drowsiness
    14%14%
    6%6%
  • Headache
    10%10%
    8%8%
  • Dizziness
    8%8%
    3%3%
  • Nervousness
    5%5%
    5%5%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Lightheadedness
    5%5%
    1%1%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of triazolam.

Halcion (triazolam)
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People taking triazolam felt side effect more

People taking triazolam felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Halcion (triazolam)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Using Halcion (triazolam) for more than 10 days

    Halcion (triazolam) becomes less effective after using it for more than 10 days. Your body can also start depending on it, and it can be dangerous if you stop it suddenly. Talk to your doctor if your sleep hasn't gotten better after using it for 7 to 10 days.

Common concerns from people taking Halcion (triazolam)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for triazolam
XUnsafe
Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
Sleep
  • 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.