When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take Restoril include the following:
  • The medication comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth at bedtime.
  • Take Restoril just before you are ready to fall asleep, as it can work rather quickly.
  • You can take the medication with or without food. If Restoril bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Restoril may cause serious problems if you take it at higher dosages or for a longer period than your healthcare provider recommends (see Restoril Abuse).

Dosing Information

The dose of Restoril your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Restoril Dosing for more information.)

Side Effects of Restoril

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Restoril. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Hangover.
(Click Restoril Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Restoril Drug Information

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