Insomnia symptoms like trouble falling or staying asleep are treated with Restoril.Other sleep disorders may also be treated with this drug.Restoril is typically only taken for a brief period of time, like 1 or 2 weeks.
Side Effects and Risks
The most typical Restoril side effects include:
Your ears are ringing.
Only the person for whom it was prescribed should use Restoril because it has the potential to become addictive. This medication may make drinking more dangerous because it can intensify its effects. Alcohol consumption is not advised while taking Restoril.
Restoril may also result in:
hostile or aggressive
Unusual feelings or actions
Suicidal ideas or behaviors
Convulsions and seizures
If you experience any of these serious side effects, contact your doctor right away.
If you have an allergy to temazepam or other benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or oxazepam (Serax), you shouldn't take this medication.
Inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, a history of mental illness or drug abuse, are pregnant, or are nursing before taking this medication.
Only the person for whom it was prescribed should use Restoril because it has the potential to become addictive. Never give this medication to someone else, particularly if they have a history of drug use or addiction. Keep the medication out of the reach of others and in a safe location.
The capsule strengths of Restoril are 7.5 mg, 15 mg, and 30 mg. Adults should take 15 to 30 mg taken orally at bedtime.
Combining Restoril with other medications can exacerbate this effect. Before ingesting a sleeping aid, narcotic pain reliever, prescription cough medicine, muscle relaxant, or medication for seizures, anxiety, or depression, consult your doctor.
Temazepam may interact with other medications, including over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Inform all of your medical professionals about all of your illnesses, allergies, and medications you take.
Mechanism of Action
Restoril increases the effects of the neurotransmitter GABA, which promotes relaxation and sleepiness, by attaching to GABA receptors in the brain. It is believed that benzodiazepines like Restoril work by enhancing the effects of GABA.
The digestive tract quickly absorbs Restoril, which has an 8–12 hour half-life.
Alternatives to Restoril
Insomnia can be treated with a variety of medications and other therapies. Some typical natural remedies for insomnia include:
CBT-I is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
Therapy to control stimuli
education about sleep hygiene
Herbal supplements like melatonin or valerian root may also provide comfort for some people. Before taking any supplements, you should consult your doctor because they might interact with your other medications.