Generic name: Quazepam.

Doral is a benzodiazepine sedative. It selectively reduces the activity of certain brain chemicals. 

Quick Facts About Doral


Used to treat insomnia on a short-term basis.

Doral Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed — one dose per day at bedtime. If you respond well, doctor may cut your dosage in half after a few nights. Follow doctor’s instruction for gradually stopping this medication, otherwise you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Is potentially addictive, and your body may get used to this medication; important to use only as prescribed.

  • Usual adult dose: 15 milligrams per day; may be reduced to 7.5 milligrams per day. Seniors or people with lower health status may be prescribed early dosage reduction.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take medication only as needed.

Doral Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

coma, confusion, extreme sleepiness. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: drowsiness during the day, headache.

Less common Doral side effects: changes in sex drive, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, inability to urinate, incontinence, indigestion, irregular menstrual periods, irritability, muscle spasms, slurred or otherwise abnormal speech, yellowed eyes and skin. Rare side effects: agitation, hallucinations, sleep disturbances, or stimulation — the opposite of desired effect; immediately contact your doctor if you experience these.


Inform your doctor before combining Doral with:

antihistamines such as Benadryl, antiseizure medications such as Dilantin and Tegretol, mood-altering medications such as Thorazine and Clozaril, other central nervous system depressants such as Xanax and Valium.

Do not drink alcohol, may increase the effect of Doral. 

Special Cautions

Doral may harm a fetus and should not be taken during pregnancy. Babies born to mothers taking Doral may be flaccid, instead of having normal muscle tone. If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Not known if Donnatal appears in breast milk.

Seniors may have sensitivity; dosage can be reduced after 1 or 2 nights.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • May decrease your daytime alertness and impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • Do not take if sensitive to or allergic to this or other Valium-type medications.
  • Should not take if you have sleep apnea or if you are pregnant.
  • Use with special caution if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, or if you suffer from depression.
  • Inform your doctor immediately if the medication does not seem to work any longer.

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