What condition does Triazolam treat?
Triazolam is used to treat insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep as long as desired. It is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, irritability, or low energy. It may also be followed by a depressed mood. This medication may help you stay asleep longer or fall asleep faster. It may also help you lessen how often you wake up during the night.
Triazolam is a triazolobenzodiazepine hypnotic agent. This is supplied as tablets for oral use. In 1982, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.
How does Triazolam work?
Triazolam binds non-specifically to benzodiazepine receptors. In which it mediates sleep. It affects memory, motor coordination, muscle relaxation, anticonvulsant activity. As benzodiazepine receptors are believed to be along with gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA) receptors. It heightens the effects of GABA by increasing GABA affinity for the GABA receptor. The binding of GABA to the site opens the chloride channel. It results in a hyperpolarized cell membrane that prevents further excitation of the cell.
What is the recommended dosage for Triazolam?
This medicine is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken just before you get into bed. You may take each dose with or without food. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to it. The use of this drug is usually limited to short treatment periods. It may be 1 to 2 weeks or less. If your condition continues for a longer time, call your doctor right away. When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
Even though unlikely, this medication can rarely cause temporary short-term memory loss. To reduce the chance of this, do not take a dosage of this medication unless you have time for a full night’s sleep of at least 7 to 8 hours. If you have to wake up before that, you may have some memory loss.
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while using this medicine unless your doctor says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
What are the side effects of Triazolam?
- Loss of coordination
- Daytime drowsiness
- Blurred vision
- Changes in menstrual periods
- Numbness or tingly feeling
What are the precautions in taking Triazolam?
- Do not take this medication more than the recommended dosage.
- You should not double the recommended dosage. It may worsen your condition or may cause some complications. If you missed a dose, call your doctor for instructions.
- Inform your doctor if your condition persists after 7 to 10 days or if it worsens.
- Before using this medicine, tell your doctor your medical history.
- Do not drive or use any machinery since this drug may make you feel drowsy or dizzy.