Halcion Warnings and Precautions
Make sure to discuss any Halcion warnings and precautions with your healthcare provider before starting the medication. For example, it is important to be aware of the drug's potential to cause memory loss, as well as its potential to be abused. Halcion is not suitable for everyone; you should not take the drug if you are allergic to any of its ingredients or if you are pregnant.
Halcion: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Halcion® (triazolam) if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse (see Halcion and Alcohol)
- Lung problems or breathing problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Halcion Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Halcion include the following:
- Insomnia can be a sign of other medical conditions. Your healthcare provider should make sure your insomnia is not due to a treatable cause.
- Halcion is a controlled substance, which means that it has the potential to be abused. There are special rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing Halcion. Halcion is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Halcion Abuse).
- Halcion can cause psychological and physical dependence and is often abused. The risk of abuse and dependence is greater for those taking high Halcion doses for long periods of time (more than a few weeks).
- Halcion can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which may be life threatening. This risk is increased when Halcion is combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sedation (see Halcion Drug Interactions for more information). You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Halcion will affect you.
- Some people report having daytime anxiety while taking Halcion. This is a sign of Halcion dependence, and usually requires that you stop taking Halcion. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience daytime anxiety while taking Halcion.
- Although all benzodiazepines can cause memory loss to some degree, Halcion seems to be worse than most other benzodiazepines in this aspect. Let your healthcare provider know if you notice any problems with your memory, especially if you do not remember things that happened after taking a dose of Halcion.
- Elderly people are more sensitive to the effects of Halcion and should be started with a low Halcion dosage. Halcion may increase the risk of falling, which is especially dangerous in elderly people (who often have weak or brittle bones).
- Sometimes, people react to Halcion in a way opposite of what is usually expected. That is, they may become agitated, aggressive, restless, and may have difficulty sleeping. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience these effects.
- Halcion can be dangerous in people with lung problems or breathing problems. Be sure to discuss any breathing or lung problems with your healthcare provider before taking Halcion.
- Halcion is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it is definitely not safe for use during pregnancy. Do not take Halcion during pregnancy (see Halcion and Pregnancy).
- It is not known if Halcion passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Halcion and Breastfeeding).
- Halcion can interact with certain medications (see Halcion Drug Interactions).