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Temazepam

What is Temazepam

Temazepam is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Temazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause insomnia or anxiety.

Temazepam is used to induce sleep and cause relaxation.

Temazepam may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide

General medical information about Temazepam

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Temazepam will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities. Take Temazepam only when you are ready to get into bed.

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking Temazepam.

Do not stop taking Temazepam suddenly if you have been taking it for several weeks. This may cause withdrawal symptoms and make you uncomfortable. Talk to your doctor if you need to stop treatment with Temazepam.

What you should find out before taking Temazepam

Do not take Temazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Temazepam may worsen this condition.

Before taking Temazepam, tell your doctor if you
- have kidney disease;
- have liver disease;
- have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; or
- are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.

You may not be able to take Temazepam, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Temazepam must not be taken if you are pregnant. It is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that it will cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not take Temazepam if you are pregnant or could become pregnant.

It is not known whether Temazepam passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

If you are over 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from Temazepam. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of this medication.

Temazepam is not approved for use by children younger than 18 years of age.

How should take Temazepam

Take Temazepam exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Take Temazepam just before you go to bed. It will make you drowsy, and you could fall and hurt yourself if you take a dose too long before you are ready for sleep.

Do not take more Temazepam than is prescribed for you.

Do not stop taking Temazepam suddenly if you have been taking it for several weeks. This may cause withdrawal symptoms and make you uncomfortable. Talk to your doctor if you need to stop treatment with Temazepam.

Store Temazepam at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Since Temazepam is usually taken as needed for sleep, missing a dose will not cause any problems.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a Temazepam overdose include sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, a slow heart beat, difficulty breathing, difficulty walking and talking, an appearance of being drunk, and unconsciousness.

Avoid while taking Temazepam

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Temazepam will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities. Take Temazepam only when you are ready to get into bed.

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking Temazepam.

Temazepam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if Temazepam is taken with any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any other medicines except under the direction of your doctor.

Possible side effects of Temazepam

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Temazepam and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
- sores in the mouth or throat;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes;
- a rash;
- hallucinations or severe confusion; or
- changes in vision.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Temazepam and talk to your doctor if you experience
- drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness;
- depression;
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation;
- difficulty urinating;
- vivid dreams;
- headache;
- dry mouth;
- decreased sex drive; or
- changes in behavior.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Temazepam

Temazepam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if Temazepam is taken with any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any other medicines except under the direction of your doctor.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Temazepam. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

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