It is important to follow triazolam dosing guidelines carefully in order for the medication to work properly. Generally, the recommended triazolam dosage for treating insomnia is 0.25 mg at bedtime. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your triazolam dose. Triazolam is not meant to be taken for long periods of time and is usually only prescribed for no more than 7 to 10 days.
Triazolam Dosing: An IntroductionThe dose of triazolam (Halcion®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Your age and weight.
As is always the case, do not adjust your triazolam dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Triazolam Dosing for Insomnia
For most people, the recommended triazolam dose for insomnia treatment is triazolam 0.25 mg at bedtime (just before trying to go to sleep). For elderly people or smaller people, the recommended dose is lower -- triazolam 0.125 mg at bedtime.
In rare circumstances, your healthcare provider may need to increase your dose up to triazolam 0.5 mg at bedtime, although most people do well on a lower dose.
It is important to remember that triazolam is intended only for short-term use. Use beyond 7 to 10 days is usually considered inappropriate.
General Triazolam Dosing InformationSome considerations for people taking triazolam include the following:
- Triazolam comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth at bedtime.
- Take triazolam just before you are ready to fall asleep; it works rather quickly.
- Triazolam can be taken with or without food. If triazolam bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Triazolam may cause serious problems if you take it at higher doses or for a longer period of time than your healthcare provider recommends (see Halcion Abuse).