What is Temazepam?

Temazepam and not temazapam, as I was incorrectly calling it in an earlier version of this page, is a drug of the family benzodiazapine and is not an opiate as I mistakenly thought for some time. It is primarily an antidepressant but is often used as a sleeping pill, and for pain relief.

My experience with Temazepam

I have great difficulty sleeping. This began many years ago and I would resort to an extra couple of glasses of wine in the evening. This was counter-productive as alcohol inhibits sleep. It work for a limited period but was, clearly, not the answer.

Monoclonus (jerking legs) became an increasing problem compounded by stomach and groin pain. I was prescribed amitriptyline which was unacceptable. While it did give me a good night’s sleep, I was so groggy the following day, I could not function at all.

Temazapam did not exhibit these down-sides. It calms the monoclonic jerks and takes the edge from the pain and knocks me out nicely. But, it does not last. The efficacy of Temezapam and, I guess, al the benzodiazapine drugs lessens as the body becomes used to them.

I began on a 10mg dose, which knocked me out quickly and efficiently. I now take 20mg tablets which only sometimes produce, what I would call, a good night’s sleep.

Otherwise, side-effects are minimal although I will speak to my GP as this is a highly addictive drug and I am keen to explore alternatives.

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