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Halcion® triazolam (trye AH zoe lam)

Brand Names: Halcion® Generic Name: triazolam (trye AH zoe lam)
What is the most important information I should know about triazolam?
• Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Triazolam will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities. Take triazolam only when you are ready to get into bed.
• Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking triazolam.
• Triazolam may be habit forming. Physical and/ or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after prolonged or high-dose treatment. Do not stop taking triazolam suddenly without first talking to your doctor if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.

What is triazolam?
• Triazolam is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Triazolam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause insomnia or anxiety.
• Triazolam is used to induce sleep and cause relaxation.
• Triazolam may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking triazolam?
• Do not take triazolam without first talking to your doctor if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Triazolam may worsen this condition.
• Before taking triazolam, talk to your doctor if you
· have kidney disease;
· have liver disease;
· have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; or
· are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.
• You may not be able to take triazolam, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
• Triazolam is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that it is known to cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not take triazolam if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
• It is not known whether triazolam passes into breast milk. Do not take triazolam without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
• If you are over 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from triazolam. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of this medication.

How should I take triazolam?
• Take triazolam exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
• Take each dose with a full glass of water.
• Take triazolam just before you get into bed. Triazolam will cause drowsiness, and falling could occur if the dose too long before getting into bed.
• Do not take more than is prescribed for you.
• Triazolam may be habit forming. Physical and/ or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after prolonged or high-dose treatment. Do not stop taking triazolam suddenly without first talking to your doctor if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.
• Store triazolam at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?
• Since triazolam is usually taken as needed, missing a dose is not usually a problem.

What happens if I overdose?
• Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
• Symptoms of a triazolam overdose may include sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, a slow heart beat, difficulty breathing, difficulty walking and talking, the appearance of being drunk, and unconsciousness.

What should I avoid while taking triazolam?
• Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Triazolam will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities. Take triazolam only when you are ready to get into bed.
• Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking triazolam.
• Triazolam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness or dizziness, including antidepressants, alcohol, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), other pain relievers, anxiety medicines, muscle relaxants, and antihistamines. Do not drink alcohol and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor while taking triazolam.

What are the possible side effects of triazolam?
• If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking triazolam and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
· an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
· sores in the mouth or throat;
· yellowing of the skin or eyes;
· a rash;
· hallucinations or severe confusion; or
· changes in vision.
• Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take triazolam and talk to your doctor if you experience
· drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness;
· depression;
· nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation;
· difficulty urinating;
· vivid dreams;
· headache;
· dry mouth;
· decreased sex drive; or
· changes in behavior.
• Triazolam may be habit forming. Physical and/ or psychological dependence can occur, and withdrawal effects are possible if the medication is stopped suddenly after prolonged or high-dose treatment. Do not stop taking triazolam suddenly without first talking to your doctor if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.
• Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect triazolam?
• Triazolam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness or dizziness, including antidepressants, alcohol, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), other pain relievers, anxiety medicines, muscle relaxants, seizure medicines, and antihistamines. Do not drink alcohol and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor while taking triazolam.
• Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with triazolam. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?
• Your pharmacist has additional information about triazolam written for health professionals that you may read.

• Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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