What is Restoril?Restoril is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia (periods of 7-10 days).
What is the most important information I should know about Restoril?Until you know how Restoril affects you, try to avoid activities that require alertness, such as driving a car or operating heavy machinery.
After taking Restoril, you may get out of bed while not being fully awake and perform an activity that you do not know you are doing nor remember the next morning. You have a greater chance of this if you drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy.
Do not share this medication with anyone.
Who should not take Restoril?If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, you should not take this medicine. It poses a potential risk to the developing baby.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Restoril?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Restoril. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are, or have been, diagnosed with depression, have kidney or liver problems, or if you have lung disease or breathing problems. Let your doctor know if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual recommended dose is 15 milligrams (mg) at bedtime; however, 7.5 mg may be adequate and some patients may need 30 mg. Your doctor will tailor your dose depending on your needs.
Elderly and debilitated patients: The recommended dose is 7.5 mg.
How should I take Restoril?Take Restoril exactly as prescribed; do not take more than is prescribed by your doctor.
Take Restoril right before you get into bed, not sooner.
Do not take Restoril unless you are able to get a full night's sleep (7-8 hours) before you must be active again.
Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7-10 days.
What should I avoid while taking Restoril?Avoid drinking alcohol, or taking other medicines that can make you sleepy.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Restoril?If Restoril is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Restoril with alcohol, antidepressants, antihistamines, benzodiazepines, or narcotic painkillers.
What are the possible side effects of Restoril?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: drowsiness, headache, fatigue, nervousness, dizziness, nausea, "hangover" feeling the next morning
Can I receive Restoril if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Restoril if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There is an increased risk of birth defects. This drug may appear in breast milk and could affect a breastfeeding baby. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Restoril?Take this medicine only when you need it.
How should I store Restoril?Store at room temperature.