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Generic Name: Temazepam

Drug Class: Benzodiazepines

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Restoril (Temazepam) is classified as a benzodiazepine, and it is used to treat insomnia. It produces a calming effect on your brain and may help you fall asleep quicker, stay asleep longer, and lessen instances of waking up through the night.

This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider.

It works by helping change certain chemicals in the brain, which professionals refer to as “neurotransmitters.” It is not yet well-understood why changing these neurochemicals results in symptom relief for the conditions this drug is commonly prescribed for.

How to Take It

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Continue to take this medicine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.

Side Effects

Side effects that may occur while taking this medicine include:

  • difficulty with coordination
  • feeling sleepy during the day
  • amnesia/forgetfulness
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • lethargy

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • memory loss
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • trouble sleeping
  • muscle cramps
  • trembling
  • mental changes, including depression, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion
  • shortness of breath
  • dark urine
  • vomiting

Warnings & Precautions

  • You may be sleepy during the day while taking this medication. Your dose may need to be adjusted. Tell your doctor if you have daytime drowsiness.
  • In rare instances, this drug can rarely cause temporary short-term memory loss. DO NOT take a dose of this drug unless you have time to sleep a full night of 7-8 hours. Waking up before that amount of sleep might cause memory loss.
  • While taking Restoril, you may experience difficulty with coordination or dizziness. Tell your doctor if either of these side effects persist. Get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position to reduce dizziness.
  • In rare instances, people have gotten out of bed, sleepwalked, eaten food, and driven vehicles while not fully awake, after taking this medication. This side effect can be dangerous to you or to others.
  • DO NOT use temazepam until you have been thoroughly evaluated by your doctor.
  • For an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. For non-emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

Drug Interactions

Before taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes supplements and herbal products.

Dosage & Missed Dose

Temazepam is available in capsule form. It  comes in 7.5 mg, 15 mg, 22.5 mg, and 30 mg dosages. An adult dose is generally 15 mg taken 30 minutes before going to bed, but this can vary, depending on the person.

If you skip a dose, take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses or take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.


Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (preferably not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


Temazepam can be harmful to an unborn baby. It is not known if this medicine is excreted in breast milk. It is recommended that you DO NOT breast-feed while taking this medicine unless your doctor or pediatrician has told you to.

More Information

For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider, or you can visit this website, for additional information from the manufacturer of this drug.



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APA Reference
Psych Central. (2018). Restoril. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 26, 2020, from


Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 8 Oct 2018
Last reviewed: By Christine Traxler, M.D.
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