Triazolam is a benzodiazepine used to treat individuals with insomnia or trouble sleeping. Triazolam is also a benzodiazepine. The drug works by causing drowsiness or depressing the CNS (central nervous system) or the brain and in the process causing drowsiness which is acts as an aid to falling asleep.
Triazolam should not be used by individuals who are allergic to any of the ingredients present in the drug. Also, the drug shouldn't be taken by individuals allergic to other benzodiazepines such as temazepam. Triazolam should also not be taken by pregnant women. Individuals with liver disease, glaucoma or severe mental disorder should also stay away from the drug. If you are taking the medication below, you should also avoid Triazolam; clozapine, efavirenz, delavirdine, HIV protease inhibitors such as ritonavir, ketoconazole, itraconazole, sodium oxybate or nefazodone.
Before using Triazolam, it is important to note that the drug is highly reactive thus you must let your doctor or physician know if you are on any other medication or you suffer from any other medical conditions. Your doctor or physician must know if you are breast feeding, pregnant or planning to be pregnant. You must also let your physician know if you are taking any other medicines, dietary supplements or herbal preparations. You also need to inform your physician if; you have any allergies, you are a drug addict i.e. alcohol addict, mental ailments i.e. depression, mood problems, suicidal thoughts, if you have liver and/or kidney problems, glaucoma, blood diseases, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, sleep apnea or any other medical condition.
There are some medicines that may react badly with Triazolam thus you should let your physician know if you are taking any medicines especially those listed below: Rifampin, Clozapine, Sodium oxybate, Amiodarone, ketoconazole, calcium blockers such as diltiazem, HIV protease inhibitors such as ritonavir, contraceptives such as birth control pills, Anticonvulsants e.t.c.
Triazolam must be used according to doctor's directions. You must therefore consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions on Triazolam usage. Triazolam should be taken with food or without food through the mouth. You should also take Triazolam before going to bed. Avoid eating grapes or drinking grape juice when taking Triazolam because this increases the chances of having harmful side effects.
If you miss a Triazolam dosage, you should take the missed dose immediately when you remember. In case you skip a dose for long; consider missing the dose completely and then adopting your normal dose schedule. You must never take two doses at the same time.
It is important to note that Triazolam can cause dizziness, drowsiness, light-headedness, or poor coordination. The above effects are worse especially when Triazolam is taken with alcohol. You must also avoid driving or operating any machines because Triazolam causes dizziness, light headedness which can in turn increase chances of risks i.e. injury/accidents.
Triazolam should also be avoided by persons using other medication that causes drowsiness i.e. muscle relaxers or sleeping aids. This is because Triazolam adds to the effects caused by such drugs. Taking Triazolam with alcohol also increases the effects of alcohol.
It is also important to note that Triazolam may cause memory loss. You must therefore take the drug only when you intend to get an average of 8 hours of sleep. You must also take only recommended dosages of Triazolam. In case you develop a resistance towards the drug, you must consult with your doctor first instead of attempting to increase your dosage.
You must also inform your dentist before you start taking Triazolam especially if you are undergoing dental care i.e. dental surgery. It is also important to note that Triazolam has more sensitive effects among the elderly. Triazolam must therefore be taken with caution because normally cause; memory loss, confusion, over sedation or dizziness among the elderly.
Triazolam should also be taken with caution when breast feeding or during pregnancy. This is because it is known to cause harm to the foetus. Triazolam is also known to penetrate breast milk thus it should be avoided by pregnant mothers. If you are thinking of having a baby, inform your physician immediately to get alternative medication. This is very important for the safety of your unborn child.