Doral is a prescription medicine commonly used to treat insomnia. By enhancing the effects of a naturally calming brain chemical, the drug can help relax muscles and cause sleepiness. Doral comes in tablet form and is generally taken once a day at bedtime. Commonly reported side effects include headache, fatigue, dizziness, and daytime drowsiness.
What Is Doral?
Doral® (quazepam) is a prescription sleep medication approved for the treatment of insomnia. It is generally recommended for short-term use, although occasional long-term use may be appropriate.
All benzodiazepines can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific medication and the dose. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Doral and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
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