While Doral uses are primarily focused on the treatment of insomnia in adults, the medication can also be used in an "off-label" fashion to treat other conditions. For example, the drug can be used off-label to treat anxiety disorders. At this time, there are no approved Doral uses in children or adolescents.
Doral® (quazepam) is a prescription medication that is approved to treat insomnia. It belongs to a group of medications known as benzodiazepines.
It is normal to have trouble sleeping occasionally from time to time. However, if you feel that you do not get enough sleep or cannot obtain satisfying sleep, you could possibly have a sleep disorder called insomnia.
Insomnia symptoms include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up often in the middle of the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning and not being able to go back to sleep
- Non-refreshing sleep.
There are several different insomnia types. They are often based on how long the insomnia lasts and how often it occurs. These types include:
- Short-term insomnia (acute insomnia)
- Long-term insomnia (chronic insomnia)
- Insomnia that comes and goes (transient insomnia).
Short-term insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. It is often caused by physical or emotional discomfort and can be related to a single specific event (see Insomnia Causes). About 60 million Americans each year experience insomnia.
Doral is approved to treat insomnia. Usually, most sleep medications (especially benzodiazepines) are recommended only for short-term use (only for a week or two). Taking them longer can lead to dependence and "rebound insomnia," which is insomnia caused by stopping a sleep medication. In general, Doral should be used for short-term treatment, although there may be situations in which long-term treatment is appropriate.