What is Restoril® (temazepam) used for?
Restoril® is a benzodiazepine. Temazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomnia).
Restoril® is used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
Restoril® works by slowing down the central nervous system (brain), causing drowsiness which helps patients fall asleep.
How should I take Restoril® (temazepam)?
Take Restoril® exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never use Restoril® in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your symptoms.
Temazepam may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the Restoril® in a place where others cannot get to it.
You should not even share this medicine with another person who has the same symptoms you have.
Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Take Restoril® only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You may fall asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Do not take temazepam unless you are able to get a full night’s sleep before you must be active again.
This medicine can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using temazepam.
Restoril® should be used for only a short time to treat insomnia. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 to 10 nights of treatment, or if this medicine seems to stop working as well in helping you fall asleep and stay asleep.
Do not stop using Restoril® suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Your insomnia symptoms may also return when you stop using the medicine. Ask your doctor how to safely stop taking temazepam.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Temazepam is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
How do I store Restoril® (temazepam)?
Restoril® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Restoril® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Restoril® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Restoril® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Restoril® (temazepam)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Restoril® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
To make sure Restoril® is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other breathing disorder
- Kidney or liver disease
- A history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior
- A history of drug or alcohol addiction
- You use a narcotic (opioid) Restoril®.
Do not use Restoril® if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. This medicine can cause birth defects. Your baby could also become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are taking Restoril®.
Temazepam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.
The sedative effects of temazepam may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking Restoril®.
Restoril® is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Restoril® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Restoril®. Restoril® is pregnancy risk category X, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Restoril® (temazepam)?
Restoril® may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking Restoril® and get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to temazepam: hives; difficulty breathing; nausea, vomiting; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking Restoril® and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- Confusion, agitation, hostility, hallucinations
- Anxiety, memory problems
- Depressed mood
- Thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
Common side effects may include:
- Day-time drowsiness or “hangover” feeling
- Dizziness, tiredness
- Feeling nervous
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Restoril® (temazepam)?
Restoril® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Restoril® (temazepam)?
Restoril® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Restoril® (temazepam)?
Restoril® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Restoril® (temazepam).
What is the dose of Restoril® (temazepam) for an adult?
Usual Adult Dose for Insomnia:
7.5 to 30 mg orally once a day at bedtime
In transient insomnia, a 7.5 mg dose may be sufficient to improve sleep latency.
In elderly or debilitated patients, therapy should be initiated at 7.5 mg until individual responses are determined.
What is the dose of Restoril® (temazepam) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Restoril® (temazepam) available?
Restoril® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Capsule: temazepam 7.5mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Restoril®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: September 6, 2017 | Last Modified: September 7, 2017