temazepam, Restoril

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: temazepam

BRAND NAME: Restoril



PRESCRIBED FOR: Temazepam is used for the short-term (7-10 days) management of insomnia. Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakening during the night after falling asleep, and/or early morning awakening.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with temazepam are

Other important side effects include:

MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: Like all benzodiazepines, temazepam can cause physical dependence. Suddenly stopping temazepam after a few months of daily use may be associated with a feeling of loss of self-worth, agitation, and insomnia. If temazepam is taken continuously for longer than a few months, stopping treatment suddenly may produce:

Therefore, discontinuation usually is accomplished by slowly reducing the daily dose.

There have been reports of people who have taken sedative hypnotics sleep-driving or performing other complex tasks and experienceing no memory of the event. This may occur more often when temazepam is combined with alcohol or other drugs that affect the nervous system. Rare cases of severe allergic reactions involving swelling of the tongue and throat have been reported.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/13/2016
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