Temazepam (By mouth)

Introduction

Temazepam (tem-AZ-e-pam)

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). This medicine is a benzodiazepine.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Restoril

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to temazepam or to similar medicines such as Dalmane® or Valium®. You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

How to Use This Medicine

Capsule, Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine is not for long-term use.
  • This medicine is usually taken just before bedtime, or when you are having trouble falling asleep.
  • This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one. Your doctor might ask you to sign some forms to show that you understand this information.

If a dose is missed:

  • Use this medicine only when you cannot sleep. You do not need to keep a schedule for taking it. Do not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using theophylline (Theo-Dur®) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl®).
  • Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
  • Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have breathing problems or lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, a history of depression or mental illness, or if you have been addicted to alcohol or other drugs.
  • This medicine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have itching, hives, trouble breathing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth when you take this medicine.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. This medicine may also cause sleep-related behaviors such as sleep-driving, making phone calls, or preparing and eating food while asleep or not fully awake. If these reactions occur, tell your doctor right away.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.If you continue to have problems sleeping, check with your doctor.
  • Taking too much of this medicine can cause death. Symptoms of an overdose include: severe confusion, problems with memory or balance, shortness of breath, slow heartbeat, seizures, severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased sweating, and cold, clammy skin.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Anxiety, depression, nervousness, unusual behavior, or thoughts of hurting yourself.
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat.
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
  • Seizures.
  • Severe confusion, drowsiness, or muscle weakness.
  • Severe nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, increased sweating.
  • Tremors or muscle cramps.
  • Unsteadiness (having a hard time standing up).

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dry mouth or diarrhea.
  • Hangover feeling.
  • Headache.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Memory loss.
  • Tiredness.
  • Trouble concentrating.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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