Sleep is essential for a healthy life, and many experts have concluded that quality rest is just as important as food and water for survival. Although no one really knows how long the human body can go without sleep, we do know that sleep deprivation has a huge impact on our physical and
There are an estimated 16.25 million adults in the UK who are suffering from some form of sleep disorder, and a whopping 48.62% of UK residents admit to not getting sufficient hours of sleep.
The quality of our sleep is not only about the number of hours we sleep. It is a measure of how quickly we start to fall asleep, and being able to stay asleep without interruptions. As anyone who has experienced living with a new born baby can testify, night waking is just as draining as only sleeping for a few hours.
FDA approved medications like temazepam have been shown to be effective treatments for insomnia and insomnia related anxiety, by reducing the time it takes to go to sleep and increasing the possibility of an uninterrupted, quality night's rest.
Temazepam is a member of the benzodiazepine family of medicines known as sedative-hypnotics. This dual action of calming and sleep inducing means that it can be used to treat both sleep disorders and anxiety.
Although this medication was first developed in the early 1960's, it was not in use as a sleeping aid in the UK until 1981. Its tranquilizing properties quickly made it one of the most popular hypnotic medications, and by the late 80's it had established itself as one of the most widely prescribed treatments for anxiety and insomnia.
Today temazepam is perhaps better known under the brand name Restoril. Like other benzodiazepines, Restoril works by slowing down the brain's activity by boosting the calming chemicals our bodies naturally produce called gamma amino butyric acid (GABA).
The active ingredients in this medication also act as a relaxant on the body's muscles and it has been used to treat muscle spasms and skeletal pain.
Restoril can start to work in as little as 30 minutes, with the maximum effects usually being experienced after 45 to 60 minutes that generally last for around seven to eight hours.
Before taking this medicine, it is important that patients are able to have 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep after taking the tablet. If you are unable to go to bed at your normal time or your sleep is interrupted, you may suffer from unwanted side effects such as feeling drowsy, or lacking concentration the following day.
If you are already taking Restoril for insomnia or anxiety, you will already know that doctors generally prescribe it for no more than 4 weeks. This usually includes a period of time to allow patients to reduce the dosage slowly. The gradual easing off of this medicine is recommended in order to avoid the risk of side effects from the treatment such as withdrawal symptoms.
Long term use of Restoril is not recommended. Improvement is often noticed after a short time and treatment should not usually exceed 4 weeks. However, in some cases doctors may advise you to continue treatment for at least 6 months, or may increase this to 30-40mg.
If you are taking this medicine to treat anxiety caution must be taken. The sedative effects can be felt after 30 minutes, and activities that require an alert mind such as driving or using machinery carry a significantly higher risk of accidents and possible fatal injuries.
For further details, feel free to read the patient information leaflet and FAQ section.
While all medications carry a risk of side effect, but most patients do not experience any problems when taking this medicine correctly.
The most common side effects of Restoril are:
These side effects are mild, and usually go away after a few days. If any of them do persist or become severe, we recommend that you talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to Restoril or to other benzodiazepines, or have any of these pre-existing conditions
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
Using temazepam opioid drugs such as codeine or tramadol can cause dangerous effects including; severe drowsiness, slowed breathing, coma, and death.
Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this tranquilizer. Alcohol may increase the sedative effects and make you extremely sleepy.
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