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Is the drug temazepam ever used for anxiety?

Is the drug temazepam ever used for anxiety?

Not usually: Temazepam (restoril) is used as a sedative-hypnotic, for people with insomnia. I've never heard of anyone using it for anxiety alone. It can act in 30-60 minutes, and if you took it in daytime you could be asleep rather than merely calm! so i wouldn't suggest doing that. There are better choices for anxiety -- especially having a good evaluation so the best choices can be made. ...Read more

Temazepam (Definition)

Temazepam (restoril) -- a benzodiazepine -- is a sedative/hypnotic used for the short-term (7-10 days) treatment of insomnia. It helps you fall asleep faster, decreases the # of times you awaken during the night, & gives you longer periods of uninterrupted sleep. It produces a calming effect. Take 30 min before bedtime. To avoid temporary memory loss, be sure to get 7-8 hrs ...Read more


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What is it about Temazepam that makes it a highly controlled drug?

What is it about Temazepam that makes it a  highly controlled drug?

Benzodiazepine: Temazepam is a benzodiazepine and a schedule IV drug because it is habit forming and some patients may develop dependence or tolerance. With patients with a history of drug addiction, this risk is even higher. ...Read more

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When taking 45 to 60 mg of temazepam per night, how often do you recommend a drug "holiday"? My doc was not specific. I try for 1 week out of 4.

Drug Holiday: That is an issue that is best left up to your doctor. Anytime a doctor is not specific or you don't understand or remember instructions then call the office and leave a message. the doctor often will not call back, but the nurse or MA should call back and give you an answer. So when you call be specific, don't say I have to talk to the doctor, ask your question, don't be embarrassed. ...Read more

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I have tried diazepam, zolpidem, zopiclone and now temazepam and i am still not sleeping. Why do these drugs have no effect? Insomnia is debilitating

I have tried diazepam, zolpidem, zopiclone and now temazepam  and i am still not sleeping. Why do these drugs have no effect? Insomnia is debilitating

Stop the pills: Rather than taking another pill I think you need to step back and be evaluated for the diagnosis of insomnia. Your sleep pattern has to be analyzed your blood needs to be drawn. There is a lot of evaluation that must be done before the rare diagnosis of insomnia can be made. Start over ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: temazepam?

Anti-anxiety: Temazepam (restoril) -- a benzodiazepine -- is a sedative/hypnotic used for the short-term (7-10 days) treatment of insomnia. It helps you fall asleep faster, decreases the # of times you awaken during the night, & gives you longer periods of uninterrupted sleep. It produces a calming effect. Take 30 min before bedtime. To avoid temporary memory loss, be sure to get 7-8 hrs of sleep after taking. ...Read more

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Is 75 mg of temazepam too much?

For what?: The usual dose of temazepam is 7.5 to 30 mg at bedtime, to treat insomnia short term. So 75 mg is 2.5 times the highest recommended dose. There might be other reasons such a high dose is used, but taking this much might indicate an addiction, too. It depends on the situation. Temazepam is not approved for long-term treatment of insomnia. ...Read more

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What would happen to you if you overdosed on temazepam?

What would happen to you if you overdosed on temazepam?

Temazepam (Restoril): Overdose could cause marked sedation, weakness, confusion, slurring of speech, decreased heart rate, respiratory problems, seizures, coma and possibly death (especially if taken with alcohol. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get addicted to temazepam?

As little as 1-2 wks: Can happen actually quite quickly. If using daily, as little as 1-2 weeks can make you become dependent on the medication. If used less frequently may take 1-2 months. ...Read more

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Is temazepam 120-150 mg too much for a first time user?

Too much: Never more than 15-30mg per day. The dose you mentioned is just way too much! ...Read more

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What will 60mg of temazepam do?

What will 60mg of temazepam do?

Be more sedating : Than 30mg, have a greater chance of leaving you hungover the next day because of its long half life and it can worsen sleep apnea if you have that. In fact, if you have untreated central sleep apnea it could make you stop breathing, and that means the long dirt nap if the apnea lasts long enough. Think of reggie white who died in is sleep of apnea alone, probably without the assistance of meds. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Restoril (Definition)

Restoril is a sleep-inducer which is a kind of ...Read more