What should I know about temazepam before taking it?

Before taking temazepam, you should know about possible risks, precautions, and drug interactions. Temazepam should not be used during pregnancy. The drug poses serious risks to a developing fetus, including birth defects and drug addiction. Women who may become pregnant should use a reliable form of birth control while taking temazepam. If you are taking temazepam and you think you may be pregnant, notify your doctor right away.

People with severe liver disease, some types of glaucoma, or serious mental disorder should not use temazepam. Also, people who are allergic to any ingredients in temazepam, or who take sodium oxybate (GHB) or clozapine should not use temazepam.

Temazepam is intended for short-term use only, and can cause dependence (addiction) and/or withdrawal if used improperly. If your sleep problems do not improve after a week to 10 days of taking temazepam, talk with your doctor. To help prevent withdrawal symptoms, doctors usually prescribe decreasing doses at the end of treatment with temazepam. After treatment with temazepam, you may experience trouble sleeping or "rebound insomnia," but this condition usually passes after a few nights.

Always keep a list of all medications, vitamins, and supplements you use, including prescription and over-the-counter products. Before taking temazepam, discuss with your doctor all drugs and supplements you use, especially any of the following: alcohol; disulfiram; clozapine; sodium oxybate (GHB); antihistamines, including diphenhydramine; digoxin; certain muscle relaxants, including tubucurarine; hydantoins, including phenytoin; alfentanil; amobarbital; anileridine; aprobarbital; butabarbital; butalbital; carisoprodol; chloral hydrate; chlorzoxazone; codeine; dantrolene; ethchlorvynol; fentanyl; fospropofol; hydrocodone; hydromorphone; kava; levorphanol; meperidine; mephenesin; mephobarbital; meprobamate; metaxalone; methocarbamol; methohexital; morphine; morphine sulfate; liposome; oxycodone; oxymorphone; pentobarbital; phenobarbital; primidone; remifentanil; rifapentine; secobarbital; sodium; oxybate; St John's wort; sufentanil; tapentadol; theophylline; valproic acid; zolpidem.

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