Before Using This Medicine
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Restoril or to other
benzodiazepines, such as:
- alprazolam (Xanax®)
- chlordiazepoxide (Librium®)
- clorazepate (Tranxene®)
- diazepam (Valium®)
- lorazepam (Ativan®)
- triazolam (Halcion®)
This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby, or withdrawal symptoms in
a newborn. Do not use Restoril if you are pregnant. Before taking Restoril, tell your
doctor if you have:
- breathing problems
- kidney or liver disease
- myasthenia gravis
- history of depression
- suicidal thoughts
- addiction to drugs or alcohol
Take Restoril only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You may fall
asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Restoril. It can increase some of the side
effects, and could possibly cause a fatal overdose.
Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy. They can add to sleepiness caused
Restoril may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was
prescribed for. Restoril should never be given to another person, especially someone who
has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where
others cannot get to it.
Restoril should be used for only a short time to treat insomnia. After 7 to 10 nights of
use, talk with your doctor about whether or not you should keep taking Restoril.