How Does It Work?Triazolam is part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have several effects on the body, including:
All of the medicines in this category can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that has a naturally calming effect. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why triazolam and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
When and How to Take TriazolamSome general considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Triazolam comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth at bedtime.
- Take it just before you are ready to fall asleep; it works rather quickly.
- Triazolam can be taken with or without food. If it 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).
Dosing InformationThe dose of triazolam that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age and weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is the case with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Triazolam Dosing for more information.)