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Temazepam is a medication that is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia. In general, the drug should not be taken for more than seven to ten days. Because it can work rather quickly, temazepam is taken right before you are ready to fall asleep. Some of the side effects commonly seen with the drug include drowsiness, lethargy, and hangover.

What Is Temazepam?

Temazepam (Restoril®) is a prescription sleep medication approved for insomnia treatment. In general, the drug should only be used for the short-term treatment of insomnia (for no longer than seven to ten days).
(Click What Is Temazepam Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Temazepam

As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Hangover.
(Click Temazepam Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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