Restoril
DESCRIPTION

This medication is used to treat insomnia problems, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. The generic name for this is temazepam.

How it works

Restoril is a benzodiazepine. Temazepam is a medication that belongs to the class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Sedative-hypnotics are drugs that act on the brain by affecting the GABA. It does this by increasing the effect of the neurotransmitter GABA. As a result, this in turn causes sedation, motor impairment, and muscle relaxation.

Temazepam is approved for the short term treatment of insomnia, in addition to this it also has antianxiety, anticonvulsant and skeletal muscle relaxant aspects.

Uses

This medication helps you fall asleep quickly, helps you sleep longer and decreases the number of times you might wake up in the night. By causing drowsiness, which helps patients sleep.

Dosage

The recommended adult dosage before going to sleep is usually 15 mg. It depends on the patients, as for some 7.5 mg is enough to make an impact while for certain individuals it can go up to 30 mg.

Consult your doctor prior to administering this oral medication.

Side effects

Some of the frequent and common side effects of administering restoril is;

Insomnia
Lethargy
Dizziness
Irritability
Difficulty in coordination

These symptoms are to be expected until you get used to the medication.

Some of the adverse side effects include;

Difficulty in breathing or laboured breathing
Fast, irregular heartbeat or pulse
Loss of memory
Loss of appetite
Shakiness and unsteady while walking
Wheezing
Weight loss
Tightness in the chest

Some of the very rare incidences where the cause is not known are;

Muscle cramping
Seizures
Sweating
Stomach cramps
Vomiting

The following side effects are symptoms of an over dose and might need immediate medical attention;

Confusion
Change in consciousness
Loss of consciousness
Shortness of breath
Blurred vision
Unusual tiredness
Sleepiness or drowsiness

Precautions

Your medical history is important when it comes to administering this medication;

Lung or breathing problems
Kidney disease
Liver disease
Mood problems
History of substance/alcohol/drug abuse.
Family or personal history of sleep walking
Muscle diseases

This drug is bound to make you drowsy, so do not do anything that requires alertness unless you are very sure you can handle it.

Older adults may tend to be more sensitive to this type of medication, so make sure they have assistance at all times as this drug can increase the risk of falling.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any medication or are taking any other medication at the time, as this could create an allergic reaction. If you are allergic to diazepam or oxazepam, or if you have any other allergic, your doctor has to know.

Self-care

This drug is not to be used during pregnancy, as it may harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication if you are thinking of becoming pregnant or are already pregnant.

This medication passes onto breast milk and may create negative effects on a nursing infant, so it’s always advised to be avoided during breast feeding.

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