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Temazepam is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). Temazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomm is safe for you, tell younia).
Temazepam is used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
Temazepam works by slowing down the central nervous system (brain), causing drowsiness which helps patients fall asleep.
Who can and can’t take temazepam
Temazepam can be taken by adults over the age of 18.
It’s not suitable for everyone.
To make sure it’s safe for you, tell your doctor before starting temazepam if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to temazepam or any other medicine in the past
- have myasthenia gravis, a condition that causes muscle weakness
- have sleep apnoea, a condition that causes breathing problems when you’re asleep
- have severe lung or liver problems
- have a mental health problem, such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality disorder or thoughts of suicide
- have acute narrow angle glaucoma, a condition that affects the eye
- are trying to get pregnant, are already pregnant or breastfeeding
Temazepam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines.
It’s used to treat sleeping problems (insomnia).
It can also be taken to help you relax before an operation or other medical or dental treatments.
- The most common side effects include feeling drowsy or lightheaded, and having a dry mouth.
- It’s not recommended to use temazepam for longer than 4 weeks.
- If temazepam affects your eyesight or makes you feel sleepy, dizzy or confused, do not drive or use tools or machines until you feel OK again.
- Do not drink alcohol when taking temazepam.