Restoril Warnings and Precautions
There are several Restoril warnings and precautions to be aware of before starting the medication. For example, Restoril is a controlled substance and has the potential to be abused. Also, the drug is not safe for use during pregnancy. Restoril warnings and precautions also extend to people with lung or breathing problems, as well as certain allergies.
Restoril: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Restoril® (temazepam) if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse (see Alcohol and Restoril)
- 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 the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Restoril Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Restoril include the following:
- Insomnia can be a sign of other medical conditions. Your healthcare provider should make sure that your insomnia is not due to a treatable cause.
- Restoril is a controlled substance, which means that it has the potential to be abused. There are special rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing it. Restoril is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Restoril Abuse).
- Restoril can cause psychological and physical dependence, and is often abused. The risk of abuse and dependence is greater for those taking higher Restoril doses for long periods of time.
- The medication can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which may be life threatening. This risk is increased when Restoril is combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sedation (see Restoril Drug Interactions). You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how the medication will affect you.
- Elderly people are more sensitive to the effects of Restoril and should be started with a lower dosage. Restoril may increase the risk of falling, which is especially dangerous in elderly people (who often have weak or brittle bones).
- Sometimes, people react to Restoril in a way that is opposite of what is usually expected. That is, they may become agitated, aggressive, and restless, and may have difficulty sleeping. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience these effects during treatment.
- Restoril can be dangerous in people with lung problems or breathing problems. Be sure to discuss any breathing or lung problems you have with your healthcare provider before taking the drug.
- Restoril is a considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it is definitely not safe for use during pregnancy. Do not take Restoril while pregnant (see Restoril and Pregnancy).
- Restoril passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Restoril and Breastfeeding).