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- What is temazepam used for?
- How does temazepam work?
- What forms of temazepam are available?
- Risk and benefits of temazepam
- Alternatives to temazepam
- More information
- Restoril vs Ambien: The Differences To Be Aware Of
- Restoril and Ambien – A Guide to Differentiate the two Sedatives
- What Restoril And Ambien Are
- Restoril And Ambien Similarities and Differences
- Restoril and Ambien Warnings
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What is temazepam used for?
Temazepam is used for a short period, preferably 2 weeks or less, to help with sleeping problems. But temazepam doesn’t address the reasons for sleeping problems.
To get temazepam, you must have a prescription written for you by a doctor.
Your doctor might also prescribe temazepam for another reason.
If you are unsure about why you are taking temazepam, ask your doctor.
How does temazepam work?
Temazepam works on chemicals in the brain to slow the brain’s activity.
What forms of temazepam are available?
Temazepam is the name of the active ingredient. It is available as tablets in many different brands, which have different:
- appearances (size, shape or colour)
No matter which brand you are prescribed, temazepam works in the same way to treat sleep problems.
Risk and benefits of temazepam
All medicines have benefits but also carry the risk of side effects. Temazepam helps most people with sleeping problems, but some people also experience side effects.
Common side effects include:
- unsteadiness or reduced coordination
Even though you take temazepam at night, you might still feel drowsy next day. If you take temazepam longer term, there is a high risk of dependence and you could have withdrawal symptoms.
There are other rare side effects. Tell your doctor if you experience any of these, since you might need immediate medical treatment:
- hallucinations (hearing, seeing or smelling things that aren’t there)
- difficulties in breathing
- skin rash, itching or hives
- swelling of the face, lips or tongue or difficulty swallowing
In general, temazepam should be used only for short periods, up to 2 weeks, unless advised by your doctor. If used over a long period, temazepam is addictive. Check with your doctor for how long you can take temazepam. If you are thinking of stopping or lowering your dose, speak with your doctor. Suddenly stopping the medicine can cause side effects.
For more information about temazepam, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. You can also read the Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) leaflet about temazepam.
Alternatives to temazepam
Temazepam and other sleeping pills can be useful in helping you fall asleep, but they do not address the cause of sleeping problems. For most people, it is better to develop healthy sleep habits, and stick to them, than to use medicine long term.
Asking about your treatment or medication is important to help you understand your options. Read our guide to important questions to ask your pharmacist or doctor before taking a medicine.
You can also visit healthdirect’s list of medicines that contain temazepam to read the CMI for the brand of temazepam prescribed.
Restoril vs Ambien: The Differences To Be Aware Of
Is Ambien Addictive?
Ambien’s addictive potential has been hotly debated in the scientific community. At first, it was believed that Ambien was not habit-forming. However, the evidence against this belief has been growing in recent years. A 2007 study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology revealed that Ambien use can lead to “pharmacodependence” – in other words, a physical dependence on the drug.
Just like other addictive drugs, quitting Ambien does involve a period of withdrawal. People in recovery for Ambien abuse tend to experience both psychological and physical symptoms.
These symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Rebound insomnia
As with a benzodiazepine like Restoril, it’s recommended to consult with a doctor before stopping Ambien use.
Recovering from addiction is always possible, whether a person has been abusing Ambien or Restoril. If you, or someone you care about, exhibit signs of addiction to a prescription sleep aid, do not hesitate to reach out for help.
Restoril and Ambien – A Guide to Differentiate the two Sedatives
Table of Contents
- What are Restoril and Ambien?
- What are Their Similarities and Differences?
- What are Restoril and Ambien Warnings and Precautions?
What Restoril And Ambien Are
Both Restoril and Ambien are medications prescribed to patients who suffer from various types of sleep disorders such as insomnia. These two substances function in a way where they contribute to the hormonal balance in one’s brain. They do this to regulate the user’s sleep. More precisely, Restoril and Ambien slow down the central nervous system (CNS). As a result, they will cause drowsiness which helps patients fall asleep.
Restoril is the generic name for Temazepam, which is an intermediate-acting 3-hydroxy hypnotic belonging to the benzodiazepine class of psychoactive drugs. Temazepam was first synthesized in the year of 1964. However, it wasn’t until the late 1980s that it became a widely prescribed hypnotic medicine that can treat insomnia.
Ambien, which is the brand name for Zolpidem. The medicine came into use a bit later. It gained mainstream popularity in the 1990s because it proved to be an efficient medicine to treat insomnia.
Restoril And Ambien Similarities and Differences
Both Restoril and Ambien are potent hypnotics, or sedatives used to treat sleep disorders. In addition, the DEA labeled the drugs as Schedule IV Controlled substances. One minor difference between the two is that Ambien comes in oral tablets, sublingual tablets, and oral spray. Meanwhile, Restoril is only available in oral capsules.
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Furthermore, Ambien is a short-acting, non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic. It comes in 5mg and 10mg dosages. Whereas, Restoril is an intermediate-acting, Benzodiazepine receptor agonist. It comes in 7.5 mg, 15 mg, 22.5 mg, 30 mg dosages. Ambien’s half-life is about three hours. On the other hand, Restoril’s is eight hours. The time to maximum drug effect in Ambien’s case is about 30 minutes to an hour, while in Restoril’s case, it is about 2 to 3 hours. And last but not least, Restoril has a slow onset of action. As a result, it makes the drug an unsatisfactory choice for cases of insomnia.
What are Ambien Side Effects?
What are Restoril Side Effects?
- Hemodynamic side effects
- Orthostatic hypotension3
- Daytime impairment
Restoril and Ambien Warnings
Like most hypnotics, both of these drugs come with warnings. Users have reported Ambien to only cause severe anaphylactic reactions. Meanwhile, one should not give Restoril to severely depressed patients or those with signs of latent depression. However, there might be absolutely no other solution. Then, these patients should be closely monitored by a medical professional.
Furthermore, pregnant women should avoid using Restoril as it can cause teratogenic effects on a fetus. Also, Restoril is more likely to cause a hangover because it gets into the blood stream by gastrointestinal absorption.
Important note: Immediately call 9-1-1 if someone is experiencing the following symptoms:
- Weak or shallow breathing
- Fast heartbeats
- Pounding headaches