PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How are benzodiazepines used to treat insomnia?

ANSWER

These older sleeping pills -- triazolam (Halcion), temazepam (Restoril), and others -- may be useful when you want an insomnia medication that stays in the system longer. For instance, they have been effectively used to treat sleep problems such as sleepwalking and night terrors. These medications have some serious downsides. They can cause addiction and dependence. Dependence means that you have physical withdrawal when you stop them, which you can have in the case of benzos. Also, there is a black box warning against their use with opiods, because both depress respiration and increase your risk of overdose.

From: Drugs to Treat Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Clinicaltrials.gov. 

Takeda Pharmaceuticals. 

Neurocrine Biosciences. 

Provogil.com. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Donna Arand, clinical director, Kettering Sleep Disorders Center, Kettering, Ohio. 

Thomas Roth, MD, director, Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit. 

FDA Health Advisory, March 14, 2007. 

WebMD Medical News: "Oral Spray Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide." 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 22, 2020

SOURCES: 

Clinicaltrials.gov. 

Takeda Pharmaceuticals. 

Neurocrine Biosciences. 

Provogil.com. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Donna Arand, clinical director, Kettering Sleep Disorders Center, Kettering, Ohio. 

Thomas Roth, MD, director, Sleep Disorders and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit. 

FDA Health Advisory, March 14, 2007. 

WebMD Medical News: "Oral Spray Drug Zolpimist Approved." 

FDA: "Silenor Medication Guide." 

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 22, 2020

NEXT QUESTION:

How are antidepressants used to treat insomnia?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.