Generic name: Temazepam.

Other brand name: Razepam.

Restoril is a benzodiazepine sedative/hypnotic. It is thought to work as a depressant to the central nervous system. 

Quick Facts About Restoril


Used to treat insomnia — difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, waking up early in the morning.

Restoril Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed; must not increase dosage. unless directed by your doctor.

  • Usual adult dose: 15 milligrams at bedtime, may range from 7.5 to 30 milligrams depending on your needs. Seniors — 7.5 milligrams or lowest effective dose.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take on an as-needed basis only.

Restoril Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

coma, confusion, diminished reflexes, loss of coordination, low blood pressure, labored or difficult breathing, seizures, sleepiness, slurred speech. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, nausea, nervousness, sluggishness.

Less common or rare Restoril side effects: abdominal discomfort, abnormal sweating, agitation, anxiety, backache, blurred vision, burning eyes, confusion, constant involuntary movement of the eyeball, depression, diarrhea, difficult or labored breathing, dry mouth, exaggerated feeling of well-being, fluttery or throbbing heartbeat, hallucinations, hangover, increased dreaming, lack of coordination, loss of appetite, loss of equilibrium, loss of memory, nightmares, overstimulation, restlessness, tremors, vertigo, vomiting, weakness. Side effects from rapid decrease in or sudden withdrawal from Restoril: abdominal and muscle cramps, convulsions, feeling of discomfort, inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, sweating, tremors, vomiting.


Inform your doctor before combining Restoril with:

antidepressants such as Elavil, Nardil, Parnate, and Tofranil: antihistamines such as Benadryl; barbiturates such as phenobarbital and Seconal; major tranquilizers such as Mellaril and Thorazine; narcotic pain relievers such as Percocet and Demerol; oral contraceptives; tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax.

Do not drink alcohol during Restoril therapy; the effects of alcohol may be intensified.

Special Cautions

Do not take if pregnant or planning to become pregnant; use of drug increases number of birth defects. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

Seniors are prescribed lower doses to avoid oversedation, dizziness, confusion, and lack of muscle coordination.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • May impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • Tell your doctor before starting Restoril if you have a history of depression, kidney or liver problems, or chronic lung disease.
  • Inform your doctor if you need this medication beyond 7 to 10 days.
  • Prolonged use may cause a tolerance to Restoril. May also cause physical dependence.
  • May experience trouble sleeping for 1 or 2 nights after stopping Restoril.

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