Triazolam is used in the treatment of short-term insomnia and when the problem is associated with difficulty falling asleep and when manifested as persistent difficulty sleeping.


What is Triazolam?


Triazolam is a benzodiazepine. It works by reducing brain activity, thus promoting sleep.


How should Triazolam be taken?


Triazolam is administered orally. It should normally be taken as needed before going to sleep, strictly on an empty stomach. In case your doctor prescribes a regular intake, you should never stop treatment suddenly, because unpleasant side effects may occur.


Side effects associated with Triazolam


Waking up too soon after taking Tirazolam may indicate memory problems. Other possible side effects may include:


  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Headache
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Nervousness
  • Tingling skin
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if taking Triazolam triggers any of the following symptoms:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itch
  • Swelling of eyes, face, lips , tongue or throat
  • Choking sensation
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Hoarseness


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Triazolam


Triazolam may interfere with the ability to drive and maneuver dangerous machinery and this side effect can be exacerbated by alcohol, which should not be taken at the same time as the drug. Moreover, during treatment one should not eat grapefruit or drink its juice.


The drug should be effective over a period of 7-10 days; otherwise, it is recommended to consult your doctor. Additionally, you should also consult a doctor if you intend to continue taking it for more than 2-3 weeks.


Before starting treatment with Triazolam it is also important to inform your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or any other drug
  • You are taking other medications, herbal remedies and supplements, especially other medicines for sleep, antifungal, anti-HIV or AIDS, nefazodone, amiodarone, antibiotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, calcium channel blockers, cyclosporin, ergotamine, H2 antagonists, hormonal contraceptives, isoniazid, anti-anxiety drugs, psychotropic drugs, analgesics, anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants, sedatives, SSRI, tranquilizers, anti-allergy and cold medications
  • You have ever abused alcohol or medications or if you have ever used illegal drugs
  • You have ever had suicidal thoughts
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from diseases that affect respiratory capacity, depression, psychiatric disease, sleep apnea, seizures, or liver or kidney disease
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding


Lastly, it is also important to inform surgeons and dentists about ongoing treatment with Triazolam prior to any procedure.