Temazepam 10mg is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen) that is used to treat insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep).It can also be taken to help you relax before an operation or other medical or dental treatments.
Temazepam works by slowing down the central nervous system (brain), causing drowsiness which helps patients fall asleep. You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to temazepam or similar medicines (such as alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Valium, Versed, Xanax, and others).Temazepam can be taken by adults over the age of 18.
Poor sleep (insomnia) is fairly common but it does not usually last for long. If you have problems sleeping, it may mean that you have difficulty getting off to sleep, or you may wake up for long periods during the night, or you may wake up too early in the morning. ‘Sleeping tablets’ like temazepam are considered a last resort, but are sometimes prescribed for a short period of time to help with a particularly bad spell of insomnia.
Temazepam works by affecting the way certain natural brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) transmit messages. This has a calming effect which helps you to sleep. It works well in the short term, with one week’s treatment normally being sufficient, although up to three weeks of treatment are sometimes required.
If you take it for longer, the medicine may lose its effect (you may become tolerant to the effect), and when you stop it you may develop withdrawal symptoms. You may need to keep taking the medicine to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. This is known as drug dependence.
In addition, you may become addicted to temazepam. Addiction is different from dependence. You have an overwhelming craving for a drug, so that you feel compelled to take it even though it is harming you physically or affecting your life and relationships.