Halcion. Drug and Patient Information. Dosage. Overdose. Generic or Brand Halcion. For Professionals and Consumers.
Brand Name: Halcion
Generic Name: Temazepam
Halcion sleeping pills
Halcion is used for the short-term treatment of patients with trouble sleeping (insomnia). It is generally used for 7-10 days. It may help you fall asleep faster and decrease the number of times you awaken during the night. It may also help you sleep for a longer period of time. Halcion belongs to a class of medications called sedative/hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect.
Halcion is a short-term treatment to insomnia or the condition in which a patient is having difficulty in falling asleep and maintaining it. It is a drug that has sedative, hypnotic and muscle relaxant properties that give the brain a calming effect allowing it to initiate sleep.
Although Halcion is an effective drug to help patients initiate sleep, it is not recommended to those patients whose insomnia are more on frequent and early awakenings. This is because Halcion has a shorter half life compared to other sleeping pills.
Halcion is also generically known as Halcion. It is also available in other brand names including Apo-Triazo, Halcion and Trilam.
How To Use Halcion sleeping pills
If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take Halcion by mouth, with or without food, usually once nightly, 30 minutes before bedtime; or take as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while being treated with Halcion unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit juice can increase the amount of certain medications in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Although unlikely, Halcion can infrequently cause temporary memory loss. To avoid this effect, do not take a dose of Halcion unless you have time for a full night’s sleep that lasts at least 7-8 hours. For example, do not take Halcion during an overnight plane flight of less than 8 hours.
Halcion may cause dependence, especially if it has been used regularly for an extended period of time, or if it has been used in high doses. In such cases, if you suddenly stop Halcion, withdrawal reactions may occur. Such reactions can include unusual depressed/anxious mood, stomach/muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, or shakiness. Seizures may also occur. Report to your doctor immediately any such reactions. When stopping extended, regular treatment with Halcion, gradually reducing the dosage as directed will help prevent withdrawal reactions. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Overdose with Halcion sleeping pills
If an overdose of Halcion is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
Symptoms of overdose may include: slow breathing, slurred speech, or a deep sleep from which you cannot be awakened.
Halcion Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember if it is still near bedtime. If it is already the next day, resume your usual dosing schedule that night at bedtime. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Do not share Halcion with others. It is against the law.
Halcion has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another condition unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., liver and kidney function tests, blood count) may be performed periodically to check for side effects if you use Halcion for an extended period of time. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you require treatment for more than 7-10 days, laboratory and/or medical tests should be performed to find the cause of your sleep problem. Consult with your doctor for more details.
As you get older, your sleep pattern may naturally change and your sleep may be interrupted several times during the night. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for ways to improve your sleep without medication, such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime, avoiding daytime naps, and avoiding going to bed too early each night.
Halcion Storage instructions
Store Halcion at controlled room temperature 59-86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard your Halcion when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Halcion Side Effects
Dizziness, loss of coordination, or blurred vision may occur. To minimize falls, remember to get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Halcion may make you sleepy during the day. Tell your doctor if you have daytime drowsiness. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Halcion because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Halcion do not have serious side effects.
Some people who take sleep medications have reported getting out of bed and sleep-walking, driving, eating, talking on the phone, or doing other activities while not fully awake. Often, they have no memory of these activities. This problem can be dangerous to you or others. If you have or think you have this problem, tell your doctor immediately. Your risk is increased if you use alcohol or other medications that can make you drowsy.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
unusual feelings of well-being (euphoria)
uncontrolled movements (tremor)
mental/mood changes (e.g., hallucinations, agitation, anxiety, unusual/disturbing thoughts, depression, rare thoughts of suicide)
increased or vivid dreams
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:
signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)
yellowing of the eyes/skin
A very serious allergic reaction to Halcion is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:
itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
Halcion should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur:
certain azole antifungals (itraconazole, ketoconazole)
protease inhibitors (e.g., indinavir, ritonavir)
If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting Halcion.
Before using Halcion, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:
certain H2 blockers (cimetidine, ranitidine)
certain SSRI antidepressants (fluoxetine, fluvoxamine)
drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove Halcion from your body (such as aprepitant, diltiazem, verapamil, other azole antifungals-including fluconazole, macrolide antibiotics-including erythromycin, rifamycins-including rifabutin, St John’s wort, certain anti-seizure medicines-including carbamazepine)
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as:
antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine)
anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam)
anti-seizure drugs (e.g., phenytoin)
other medicines for sleep (e.g., zolpidem)
narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine)
psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine, or tricyclics such as amitriptyline)