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Generic Name

  • Triazolam.

Brand Names

  • Halcion.

General Information

Halcion is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Thisdrug is used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling or staying asleep. When Halcion is used every night for more than a few weeks, it loses its effectiveness to help you sleep. This is known as tolerance. Also, it can cause dependence, especially when it is used regularly for longer than a few weeks or at high doses. Triazolam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems. Triazolam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for . Triazolam should never be given to another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it. Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking triazolam. Triazolam is contraindicated in patients who have myasthenia gravis or a history of uncorrected narrow-angle glaucoma. Triazolam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness or dizziness, including antidepressants, alcohol, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), other pain relievers, anxiety medicines, muscle relaxants, and antihistamines.

Halcion Dosage

  • For adults: The usual dose is 0.25 milligram before bedtime. The dose should never be more than 0.5 milligram.
  • Children: Safety and effectiveness for children under the age of 18 have not been established.
  • Older adults: To decrease the possibility of oversedation, dizziness, or impaired coordination, the usual starting dose is 0.125 milligram. This may be increased to 0.25 milligram if necessary.

Side Effects of Halcion

Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:

  • Coordination problems.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Light-headedness.
  • Fast or pounding heartbeats.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Problems with urination.

Warnings and precautions before taking Halcion

  • Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
  • Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy. They can add to sleepiness caused by triazolam.
  • Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.
  • Do not take triazolam without first talking to your doctor if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Triazolam may worsen this condition.
  • Do not take triazolam if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.


  • Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences.
  • An overdose of triazolam can be fatal, especially if taken with alcohol.
  • Symptoms of Halcion overdose may include: Apnea (temporary cessation of breathing), coma, confusion, excessive sleepiness, problems in coordination, seizures, shallow or difficult breathing, slurred speech.



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