Triazolam (Halcion®)

Triazolam (Halcion®) is a hypnotic agent.  It is indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia (7-10 days).

Active ingredient is Triazolam

Inactive ingredients are cellulose, corn starch, docusate sodium, lactose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, sodium benzoate, FD&C blue no.2 (in 0.25 mg)

The recommended dose for adult is 0.25 mg taken one hour before the appointment.  A dose of 0.125 may be sufficient in patient with low body weight.

Side effects:
  1. Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness
  2. Nausea, vomiting
  3. Tiredness
  4. Elevated mood (Euphoria)
  5. Rapid heart rate (greater than 100 beats per minute) (Tachycardia)
  6. Memory impairment, confusion
  7. Taste alterations, dry mouth
  8. Insomnia, dreaming, nightmares
  9. Numbness, tingling, burning sensation (Paresthesia)
  10. Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
  11. Weakness, fatigue
  12. congestion
  13. Hepatic failure and death
  14. Amnesia
  15. Slurred speech (Dysarthria)
  16. Jaundice
  17. Twisting body motions (Dystonia)
  18. Eating disorder (Anorexia)
  19. Itching (Pruritus)
  20. Changes in libido
  21. Urinary retention
  22. Sleep disturbance

Before taking this pharmaceutical, consider the potential benefits and risks to other alternative options.

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