What is Restoril?
Restoril is a medication commonly used for treating insomnia among other sleep disorders. The main salt present in this medication is Temazepam. It was first introduced in the US during the early 1970s. it is one of the most prescribed medications for the treatment of insomnia. Overall it is among the 200 most prescribed medications in the US. It is available in capsule form with potencies of 7.5mg, 15mg, 22.5mg, and 30mg.
Restoril belongs to the benzodiazepine class of medications, the same class in which Xanax is listed. This medication works directly by altering the chemicals in the brain. This chemical alteration is responsible for inducing a relaxing and calming feeling which assists in inducing sleep. Restoril is a medication that should be used as a short-term treatment of insomnia or other sleep disorders.
How To Consume Restoril?
Extreme caution should be taken before and after using this medication. Before consumption, a patient should consult their doctor. The doctor will perform a physical examination and check a patient’s medical history before prescribing this medication. Temazepam can be a habit-forming drug, so it should be used with the utmost care and doses should be properly managed to avoid any side effects. Excessive and long term use can cause addiction, which increases the risk of overdose and even death.
The medication should be taken at night when the patient intends to go to sleep for a minimum period of 6-8 hours. Even after that when the patients wake up they tend to feel drowsy for a few hours. Also, try to use this medication for no more than 10 days in a row and consult your doctor if you wish to consume any longer than this.
What Are Side Effects of Restoril?
Side effects vary from person to person depending on their health condition and their body’s reaction to this medication. Some people suffer mild side effects that can be ignored, while some patients might suffer severe side effects. For severe side effects they need to stop using this medication and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Normal/Moderate Side Effects
The list side effects of Restoril are never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.
- Stomach Ache
- Dry mouth
Serious Side Effects
Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.
- Suicidal thoughts
- Blurred vision
Precautions for Restoril Usage
The first thing that doctors need to check before prescribing Temazepam is if patients are allergic to any other medications such as benzodiazepines. This medication is made to make people feel drowsy. If you wish to stay alert and active, avoid taking this medication. Women who are planning a pregnancy or are already pregnant should not use this medication as it is dangerous for the health of the unborn child. Nursing women should also avoid the use of this medication as it gets passed through the milk to the baby and cause dependence or other side effects.
Patients suffering from health conditions listed below should only use Restoril if advised by the health specialist.
- Heart Diseases
- Liver Diseases
- Kidney Diseases
- Respiratory problems
- Past history of substance abuse
- History of sleepwalking
- Sleep apnea
- Suicidal thoughts
These are just a few things that you need to look out for. If there are any other health problems that you suffer, try to explain it to your doctor before you start using this medication.