Generic Name : TRIAZOLAM
Pronunciation : (trye ay' zole lam)
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Why it is prescribed: Triazolam is used on a short-term basis to treat insomnia - to help you fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.
When it is to be taken: Triazolam is taken at bedtime when needed. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Do not take triazolam for more than six weeks without consulting your doctor.
How it should be taken: Triazolam comes in the form of tablets. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.
Special Instruction :
1. Triazolam may make you dizzy. Therefore stay in bed after taking the drug. The dizziness may persist until the next day, and your coordination and alertness may be decreased. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
2. Since triazolam can be habit-forming, do not take more of it or take it for a longer period than prescribed.
3. To prevent an accidental overdose, do not keep more than one dose at your bedside. If you accidentally take too much triazolam, contact your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
4. If you have been taking triazolam for a long time, you may have withdrawal symptoms when you stop. Contact your doctor if you experience sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, muscle and abdominal cramps, hallucinations, or seizures. Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Side Effects :
1. Sleepiness during the day, muscle incoordination, weakness, dizziness, confusion, faintness, fatigue. Contact your doctor if these effects persist for more than a few days.
2. Talkativeness, restlessness, anxiety, excitement, trembling, muscle spasms, nightmares. Stop taking the drug and contact your doctor immediately.
Other Precautions :
1. Women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, think they may be pregnant, or are breast-feeding should tell their doctors. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.
2. Before you take this drug, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially cimetidine, digoxin, disulfiram, levodopa, erthromycin, seizure medication, prescription pain medication, medication for depression, barbiturates, tranquilizers, sedatives, antihistamines, and medication for allergies and colds.
3. Do not take other sleeping pills while taking triazolam. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol adds to the drowsiness and dizziness caused by this drug.
4. Do not smoke while taking triazolam. Smoking can decrease its effectiveness.
5. If you have liver or kidney disease, tell your doctor before taking triazolam.
6. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.
Storage Conditions :
1. Keep this medication in the container it came in and out of the reach of children.
2. Store it at room temperature