November 28, 2014
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Temazepam

(temazepam)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02229760 TEMAZEPAM 15MG CAPSULE
02229761 TEMAZEPAM 30MG CAPSULE

How does Temazepam work? What will it do for me?

Temazepam belongs to the class of medications called benzodiazepines. It is used for the treatment of short-term sleeping problems (7 to 10 days) associated with difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, or early morning awakenings.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

Learn more about related conditions:

These conditions are related to the conditions the drug is approved to treat. The drug may not be approved to treat all of the conditions listed here.

How should I use Temazepam?

The recommended adult dose of temazepam ranges from 15 mg to 30 mg taken before going to bed. The lowest effective dose of medication should be used and treatment should normally not last longer than 7 to 10 consecutive days.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is the next morning, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Temazepam come in?

15 mg
Each capsule contains temazepam 15 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ammonium hydroxide, croscarmellose sodium, gelatin, isopropyl alcohol, lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, N-butyl alcohol, pharmaceutical glaze, propylene glycol, red iron oxide, simethicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, and D&C Red No. 28.

30 mg
Each capsule contains temazepam 30 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ammonium hydroxide, croscarmellose sodium, gelatin, isopropyl alcohol, lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, N-butyl alcohol, pharmaceutical glaze, propylene glycol, simethicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue No.  1, FD&C Red No. 40, and D&C Red No. 28.

Who should NOT take Temazepam?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to temazepam or any ingredients of this medication
  • are allergic to other benzodiazepines (e.g., diazepam, lorazepam)
  • have a history of paradoxical reactions (unusual excitement) to alcohol or sedatives
  • have myasthenia gravis
  • have severe breathing difficulties
  • have sleep apnea

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