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Reviews for Temazepam to treat Insomnia
Review by Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years):
temazepam: Have been taking temazepam to counter waking up at 3 am every night for many years. It has helped me sleep through the night, but I am noticing more confusion, memory problems, some balance issues, dizziness, lethargy. I have cut back from 2 pills/night to 1 with some difficulty with getting to sleep. I would like to slowly cut my dosage once again to see if it would clear up what I think are the side effects of taking this medication. I would like to get off it completely and see if yoga and relaxation CDs might help me instead.
temazepam: I wish I could write a letter to the creator of this magical pill. I have SUFFERED for almost 20 years with debilitating insomnia and anxiety related to constant sleep deprivation. I feared bedtime and would get so frustrated I would lay awake weeping over it. I averaged 2-4 hours of broken sleep a night. I was given every medicine under the sun. I saw neurologists, had sleep studies. Doctor after doctor and the fight went on. Finally one NP prescribed me temazepam 30mg and it has literally changed my life. I've been on it for 8 years and I sleep 6-8 hours a night and feel great the next day. The first week or 2 you may have a slight hangover the next day but that subsides quickly. Hope this helps someone.
12 users found this comment helpful.
Restoril (temazepam): I've been taking Restoril a little over a year now. At first they work wonders but when your body gets used to it it does not work anymore. Next time I see my Dr I'm going to ask for something else.
temazepam: Significant side effects. Headache, dizziness, nausea, chills. Only taking 15 mg. Has caused me to miss work. I am sleeping a full 8 hours now but the side effects are almost as bad for me as the insomnia.
11 users found this comment helpful.
Review by 36 yr old female (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Restoril (temazepam): I have taken 30mg for several years now. Worked well at first. Slept well with only slight sleepy "hangover". As time went by less and less effective. Before bed I curently take 30mg Restoril, an antidepressant that is supposed to make me tired (Lamictal), 0.5mg clonazepam or 5mg Valium, and 2 Benadryl and I still lay in bed awake for 2 or 4 hours before falling asleep. Sometimes I have to call in sick to work because it is 4 am and I haven't fallen asleep yet and know I can't get up in 2 hours and function for work. Restoril is great for about a year but I would plan on switching to something else after that!
22 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Restoril (temazepam): I take this about three times a week to help me sleep. I have had insomnia for two years. Even though I work 12-14 hours a day and jog 5 miles 4 times a week, I still could not sleep. Started taking this and it did not do much at first. But now it really works! I can sleep about 7 hours and only wake once or twice and can go back to sleep pretty quickly usually. I wish I could take it every night but doing this lessens its effect on me. I save it for 3 nights a week and struggle through the others. Side effects are constipation, I never 'go' the next day. Also, pretty bad rebound insomnia, I do not sleep well the night after I have taken it.
16 users found this comment helpful.
temazepam: I have taken temazepam now for 15 years. Probably use it 4 nights a week on average but sometimes I go through periods of insomnia where I use it every night. I only take a small amount. I break 10 mg tablet into quarters. I start with a quarter and move up to a half if not asleep in 20 mins. Works well. I do feel a little tired in the morning but get going after a shower and a cuppa. It helps with feelings of anxiety caused by lack of sleep as well.
Review by sleepyhead1982 (taken for 5 to 10 years):
Restoril (temazepam): I took Restoril for about 5 years. It really helped me fall asleep and stay asleep. When I woke in the morning I wouldn't have any hangover effects, I would feel refreshed. It also didn't cause me to sleep so heavily that I couldn't wake if necessary. Unfortunately after about 5 years it stopped working. I was taking 30mg a night (sometimes a little more if I needed to go to bed earlier than usual). I wish it still worked, it was a great medicine while it lasted.
21 users found this comment helpful.
temazepam: Doesn't do a thing for me, started on 10mg dose, and nothing Tried 20mg and still nothing, sometimes I feel a wee bit stoned but that's it. My insomnia is caused by bipolar and the antidepressants causing me to go hyper and not feel the need to sleep so that could be a reason.
temazepam: This is my first time taking it. Keep in mind I spent the whole day moving into a new apartment and haven't been getting full sleep all week. I took it 2 to 3 hours ago and I'm still awake! With Ambien there were side effects but at least I slept within 15 mins. It seemed to calm me but I don't feel tired enough to sleep, hence, I'm writing this review. I even turned on my ocean sleep sounds and it didn't work. I wonder if I could get my doctor yo switch me to Ambien next Monday.
temazepam: I have been taking temazepan for a couple years now. About a year ago my sister was commenting about taking a new medication that made her get up and eat at night without knowing. I told her I did the same thing, I would wake up with food plates and a mess in my bed, one time my grandson asked me if I remember asking him if he wanted some of my toast with peanut butter and cake sprinkles on it. When I woke up that morning I saw the plate on my stand and was wondering where that came from, anyway I asked my sister what medication made her do that and she said Temazepan, just like me. Very strange, do not know what I will wake up in bed with the next morning, food that is.
temazepam: I LOVE temazepam! It is the only thing that works consistently for me. I only take it 1-3 times a week, but it is a God send for those nights where I know I won't be able to fall asleep. I'm usually asleep within 20 minutes of taking it and usually sleep straight through until the morning. I also have very little problem with feeling groggy the next day. Usually I am relaxed enough that I want to keep sleeping past my alarm if I could, but since sleep is difficult for me, it's better to have more than less! I don't really have any negatives.
Review by InsomBGone (taken for less than 1 month):
temazepam: I finally can sleep with this medicine. I actually feel like I get better sleep on it than natural sleep. Only down side is it is really only effective for me at a 30mg dosage. Tried Ambien, melatonin, OTC sleep aids, and other benzodiazepines. Trumps all in my opinion.
temazepam: Unbelievably awesome, when it works. I was taking Ambien for six months and that stopped working, so I was given temazepam. First night I took it was the best I have slept in 15 years! I actually wake up feeling refreshed with Ambien I don't feel refreshed, but I feel rested. My only complaint is that I can only take it two nights a week or I develop a tolerance and it won't work at all. Those two nights are great. Also I usually take 30mg, where I was prescribed 15mg and my doctor said it's ok to take 30 if I need it.
Review by I wanna sleep (taken for less than 1 month):
temazepam: Prescribed for really bad insomnia that started 6 months ago. 15mg did nothing. Tried 30 mg the next night and slept 7 hours. No side effects and woke up feeling great. Took another dose the night after and slept great again. Then it seemed to stop working the 4th time. Tried 45mg the next night and was awake at 2.30 am. Frustrated. Doctor said to keep taking and that I shouldn't be taking 45mg. Hoping it will work tonight.
temazepam: Even small (half) doses of Temazepam effectively helped me to get to sleep and stay asleep for an appropriate amount of time. However, it consistently caused me to have feelings of irritability and aggression for the following 24 hours. I found myself growing angry and frustrated, expressing this in ways that are very out of character. I do not usually express anger overtly, perhaps becoming teary instead, but Temazepam inhibited my self-control and caused me to speak out aggressively in very unfamiliar and unhelpful ways. I put added stress into family life and had a very dangerous effect on my relationships. I only took Temazepam in reduced doses intermittently (e.g. 1 or 2 doses per week) and the impact was consistently bad the next day.
Restoril (temazepam): Slept really good. Didn't wake up once. Usually get up about four times to go to the bathroom and get comfortable. First time to use last night. Had a hangover and had to sleep more. Will try again tonight. Usually takes me two hours to go to sleep but not last night...thank goodness.
15 users found this comment helpful.
temazepam: I've started experiencing insomnia quite severely lately. I think my plate is just too full and I'm too busy that my brain hasn't been shutting off at night and I lay there feeling relaxed but not actually relaxed. Anyway, my doc prescribed temazepam to replace Ambien (which I was on for years) since I would lay away for 6 or 7 hrs and only get an hour or two of sleep. I really felt this medicine "turn off" my brain. The first night or two I fell asleep right away but since then it's been really hit or miss. I feel so calm and not thinking about anything but yet I'm wide awake until 2 or 3 am (I get up at 5 am). I've been on it for about a month now and still having trouble falling asleep. Out of the 5 nights this week, I had 3 sleepless nights.
Restoril (temazepam): Sometimes I do not fall asleep for hours. Usually out in about an hour. I never sleep for more than 4-5 hours. I admit I do sleep a bit longer when I take it but not by much. I have been using Restoril for over a year.
12 users found this comment helpful.
temazepam: I am a registered nurse and I have found that different people react differenly to the same medication. That goes for all types of medications. As for me, I have been taking this for about a year. It has been a life-saver for me because I have always had trouble in trying to sleep through the night. However, most nights it works within 30 mins and I sleep pretty well through the night. Occasionally, it does not seem to be working. I think it has to do with how tired I am, if I have drank coffee, drank a coke, or eaten chocolate late in the day. If I'm tired, it usually works very well.
10 users found this comment helpful.
temazepam: I've had difficulty with both falling asleep and staying asleep for years. My doctor prescribed Temazepam 15mg capsule 1-2 capsules as needed for sleep. I picked up the prescription on my way home from work and at 7:30pm I took 2 capsules. I figured as difficult as it is for me to fall asleep with most prescription sleep aids it takes 2-4 hours for me to fall asleep. I was fast asleep within 30 minutes and slept all night, woke up for about 5 minutes the following day at 10:00am, dozed back off and slept until 10:34am the following day. Needless to say my body was in desperate need of sleep and this did the trick. I will only be taking one when I go to bed tonight and make sure that I have 10 hours just to be on the safe side.
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