Restoril is a medication that is used to treat insomnia. The drug belongs to a class of medications known as benzodiazepines, which are known for causing effects such as sleepiness and reduced anxiety. Because it can work rather quickly, Restoril is taken right before you are ready to fall asleep. Possible side effects include drowsiness, lethargy, and dizziness.
What Is Restoril?
Restoril® (temazepam) is a prescription sleep medication approved for the treatment of insomnia. In general, it should only be used as a short-term treatment (for no longer than seven to ten days).
All benzodiazepine medications 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 brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Restoril and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
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