Temazepam is a benzodiazepine drug, used for treating anxiety. It acts by enhancing the effects of gamma- aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that inhibits many of the activities of the brain. It is believed that excessive activity in the brain can lead to anxiety or other psychiatric disorders and temazepam reduces the activity. Restoril increases total sleep time.
The recommended dose of Restoril is 15-30 mg taken about 30 minutes prior to bedtime. For some patients, 7.5 mg may be sufficient and others may need 30 mg.
For transient insomnia, a 7.5 mg dose may be sufficient, and it’s recommended that elderly or debilitated people begin with 7.5 mg until individual responses are determined.
The usual side effects of Restoril are drowsiness, headache, tiredness, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, and feeling hung over the next morning. However, most reported adverse effects are minor and do not need medical intervention. Rare but severe e effects are palpitations, aggression, breathing difficulties and low blood pressure. But these are seldom seen in patients. Allergic reactions are seen sometimes. Most cases are trivial confined to hives and itching but in the case of an adverse effect it’s always better to call your doctor.