What is this medication and its most common uses?Halcion is a medicine used for the short-term treatment of insomnia.
Halcion is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Halcion works by slowing down your brain activity, thereby producing a calming effect.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Halcion may help you fall asleep faster, decrease the number of times you wake up during the night, and increase your total time of sleep.
When: For most patients, Halcion acts quickly and therefore should be taken right before you get into bed and only if you are able to get a full night's sleep. It is important that you take Halcion exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed. If your insomnia gets worse or is not better within 7 to 10 days, call your healthcare provider as this may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problems.
How do I know it is working?
If you are able to fall asleep faster than you normally would and do not wake up as often during the night, Halcion is likely working effectively. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess your sleep pattern.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: drowsiness.
Less common side effects may include:
Mental and physical dependence can occur. Keep Halcion in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.
Getting up out of bed while not being fully awake and engaging in activities that you do not know you are doing (such as driving a car ["sleep driving"], making and eating food, talking on the phone, having sex, or sleep-walking).
Abnormal thoughts and behavior with symptoms such as being more outgoing than usual, increased aggressiveness, confusion, memory loss, agitation, hallucinations, anxiety, worsening of your depression, or suicidal thoughts or actions.
Serious allergic reactions with symptoms such as swelling of your tongue or throat; trouble breathing; or nausea and vomiting.
Seizures, stomach cramps, vomiting, and sweating can occur if you suddenly stop taking Halcion or decrease your dose. Do not stop taking Halcion or change the dose without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Who should not take this medication?Do not take Halcion if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other similar medicines (such as alprazolam).
Do not take Halcion if you are pregnant.
Do not take Halcion if you are currently taking itraconazole, ketoconazole, or nefazodone.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Halcion. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts; liver or kidney disease; lung disease or breathing problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 0.25 milligrams.
Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
If you are elderly or have certain other conditions, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.
It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.
How should I take this medication?Take Halcion exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Halcion without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Halcion right before you get into bed and only if you are able to stay in bed for a full night before you must be active again.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Halcion.
Do not drive a car, operate machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Halcion affects you.
Do not become pregnant or breastfeed while you are taking Halcion.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Halcion is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Halcion may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Halcion during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?Halcion should be taken under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature.