What Is Temazepam?

Temazepam is a sedative that is part of the benzodiazepine family. It is used to treat insomnia, as well as symptoms of insomnia including trouble falling asleep and difficulty staying asleep. It produces a calming effect on the brain, making it easier for people to fall and stay asleep.

Temazepam is intended to be used for short intervals of time (1-2 weeks) and is not considered a long-term treatment for insomnia.

Temazepam is also used in the management of drug and alcohol withdrawal. Those experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms may be given temazepam in a medically-assisted drug or alcohol detox.

What Are the Side-Effects of Temazepam Use?

There are several side-effects associated with temazepam. Common side-effects of the medication include:

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Depression

More serious side-effects of temazepam can include:

  • Memory loss or amnesia
  • Severe depression
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Sleepwalking, eating, driving, or having sex
  • Weak or shallow breathing
  • Fevers, chills, or body aches
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat


There are several warnings associated with the use of temazepam. While rare, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to temazepam. Anyone who experiences a rash, severe dizziness, itching, or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat should contact emergency services immediately.

Like other benzodiazepine prescription medications, temazepam can cause dependence and physical addiction in some individuals. Regular use of temazepam can lead to withdrawal symptoms however, withdrawal can also occur after short-term use and regular prescribed dosages.

Drinking alcohol while taking temazepam should be avoided. Alcohol combined with temazepam can increase the effects of drinking, and increases the risk of overdose.

Pregnant women should not take temazepam. It can cause birth defects or withdrawal symptoms in the infant.

While typically uncommon, some people who take temazepam have performed activities while sleeping that they have no memory of. This can include sleepwalking and driving a car while sleeping. A person may also engage in sex while sleeping, eat food, or make phone calls with no recollection. This can be extremely dangerous to both the patient and others. The risks increase if temazepam is taken with alcohol or other medications.

Temazepam FAQ

How long does temazepam make you sleep?

Temazepam typically makes people sleep for 7-8 hours. Anyone taking the medication should plan to stay in bed for at least this long, as well as to go to bed immediately after taking it. Getting up too soon after taking temazepam (less than 7-8 hours) is not recommended as it can cause memory problems.

Why should someone taking temazepam avoid alcohol?

Drinking alcohol while taking temazepam can significantly increase the effects of both substances. It can make a person feel lightheaded, dizzy, and sleepy. It can also increase the risk of sleepwalking or performing other acts while sleeping such as driving a car, eating, making phone calls, or spending money online.

What happens when a person takes too much temazepam?

Taking too much temazepam can cause overdose and end up turning fatal. Alcohol increases the risk of temazepam overdose. Overdose symptoms of temazepam can include: extreme drowsiness, slurred speech, muscle weakness, tremors, slowed heartbeat, seizures, coma, and death.

External Links

Temazepam, Drugs.com

Restoril Side Effects Center, RXList

Restoril (Temazepam), eMedicineHealth

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