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Written by Diane Ridaeus Published Sep 13, 2018
Medically Reviewed by Dr Michael Loes MD

Doctors and detox facilities are apt to miss the mark on Restoril (temazepam) withdrawal as, according to the DEA,6 Restoril presents “a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.”

The details7 reveal that benzodiazepines like Restoril can give rise to withdrawal complications far worse than heroin, and the reduction needs to be done slowly and compassionately.

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Restoril (temazepam) belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs, some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the US.

There are over 60 benzodiazepines currently sold. Tolerance can develop quickly, leading to harsh side effects and debilitating Restoril withdrawals. Before deciding to withdraw from Restoril or any benzodiazepine we suggest learning as much as possible about what to expect concerning any health issues or risks that may arise.

The information given here may help to learn more about side effects, safe Restoril withdrawal, and other related topics.

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Restoril (temazepam) Withdrawal Symptoms

Restoril withdrawal symptoms may not occur where the drug is only taken for a night or two. But the longer the drug is in the system, the more likely it is that Restoril withdrawal symptoms will occur on cessation.

Common Restoril withdrawal symptoms:

  • restoril hallucinationsSeizures*
  • Rebound insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling like a hangover
  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle spasms
  • Hallucinations
  • Altered perceptions
  • Mood swings
  • Crying spells
  • Nightmares

*Seizures are possible during withdrawal from temazepam according to the FDA, advising collaborating with a doctor before attempting temazepam withdrawal.

Restoril (temazepam) Withdrawal FAQs

Never abruptly stop taking a drug on which you have become dependent as to do so can be a resounding shock to the body and central nervous system. It is even possible to go into a seizure and potentially die from suddenly stopping Restoril or other benzodiazepines.

Speak to your doctor first so that a workable strategy such as a gentle tapering off can be planned to ensure your safety and comfort. The best way is to plan ahead so that the effects of cognitive impairment do not cloud your ability to navigate through this period correctly.

Here are some additional points frequently asked about taking Restoril, how it works, and other topics important to your health and safety when taking a prescription drug for sleep issues.

How Does Restoril Work?

Restoril is a benzodiazepine. How this class of drugs works is not completely known. However, the consensus is that the drug acts upon a certain type of neurotransmitter and receptor called GABA. GABA is an inhibitory transmitter. It is a CNS depressant.

When GABA is present, it has the characteristic of slowing down the CNS and calming the various systems in the body, including brain activity, heart rate, breathing rate, etc. Restoril allows more GABA to be active and enhances these effects more than usual.

This is why alcohol or opiates or other tranquilizers must never be mixed, as the additive effects can slow the CNS down to a point where a person may stop breathing, the heart may stop beating, and coma or death may result.

What’s the Difference between Restoril and Xanax?

There are similarities and differences between Restoril and Xanax.

  • Both of these drugs cause euphoric effects.
  • Both are Schedule IV drugs, meaning they are prone to abuse, addiction, and dependence.
  • Xanax taken in a .5 mg dose is approximately equal to a 15 mg dose of Restoril.
  • Xanax is sometimes taken a few times over a day. It is a shorter-acting drug, and the effects wear off more quickly. Xanax is effective at reducing anxiety and tends to do so without also causing severe drowsiness, though it may cause a degree of drowsiness. Restoril is ONLY taken just before bed at your regular bedtime as it has a profound, some say heavy-handed tranquilizing effect.
  • Sudden cessation is dangerous; both drugs should be tapered gently.
  • Both drugs should only be taken only for a short duration.
  • Both drugs have a history of being used as date-rape drugs, typically mixed into an alcoholic drink, used to knock out the memory and resistance of the unfortunate victim.

Dosage Differences:

Xanax taken in a 5 mg dose is approximately equivalent to a 15 mg dose of Restoril.

Purpose of Use:

Xanax is sometimes taken a few times over a day. It is a shorter-acting drug, and the effects wear off more quickly. Xanax is effective at reducing anxiety and tends to do so without also causing severe drowsiness, though it may cause a degree of drowsiness. Restoril is ONLY taken just before bed at your regular bedtime as it has a profound, some say heavy-handed tranquilizing effect.

Half-life:

Xanax has a much shorter half-life than Restoril, meaning that Xanax leaves the body much sooner than Restoril. Due to this reason, Restoril (temazepam), at times, is used to help bridge people off of Xanax in withdrawal efforts. The Restoril is considered slightly easier to taper off of than Xanax due to the fact that Restoril is longer acting.

Can You Overdose on Restoril?

Yes. Restoril is a drug that has a depressive effect on the central nervous system. If too much of the drug is taken, or if it is mixed with other CNS depressants, the overdose could result in coma or death.2

How Addictive is Restoril?

Benzodiazepines like Restoril are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the US. Addiction or dependence is an unfortunately common outcome of using these drugs for anything beyond a few weeks and will require careful monitoring when it comes time to stop taking the medication.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be debilitating, and the reactions can be nearly impossible to tolerate without a well-planned cessation strategy and proper support throughout the process. Coming off Restoril can be eased significantly with slow and gradual tapering and having resources to hand for support.

Abruptly coming off Restoril or any similar drug is not recommended, as the results of a poorly executed cessation can be deadly. Especially concerning would be the possible rebound insomnia effect. Withdrawal effects such as rebound insomnia can linger for months and even years.

Treatment for Restoril (temazepam) Abuse and Addiction?

When a person reduces benzodiazepines without help, complications can stretch the process out much longer than necessary. Without a proper strategy, Restoril withdrawals can cause excruciating reactions, that may last a long time.5

At Alternative to Meds Center, we work with each individual, taking into account their history and unique needs, designing a program that will end the pain and suffering of the after-effects of drugs such as Restoril. Likely if Restoril was taken, there was a sleep issue, but just as likely, no investigative work was done to find the correct cause for it before prescribing a sleep aid. Some persons may have been prescribed for longer than the recommended 1-2 weeks or less.4

Oddly, some reports of suffering from insomnia, are correlated to having a toxic heavy metal burden of mercury and it is possible that mercury debilitates the serotonin-melatonin conversion.3

getting off restorilRoutinely, at Alternative to Meds Center, we do the detective work using proper testing methods to find the reasons for such imbalances and program the corrections that need to take place to normalize neurochemistry, such as removal of heavy metals or other neurotoxins which may have been interfering with sleep or causing other unwanted symptoms.

Many of our past clients suffered for many years and their lingering withdrawals caused significant malaise and terribly debilitating effects.5

Our goal is to provide a pathway, in a reasonable time period, back to sustainable natural mental health, and that includes correcting sleep issues without the use of drugs. Please contact us for more information concerning the possible benefits you could experience from our Restoril (temazepam) withdrawal program and recovery, in the fullest sense of the word.


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2. FDA Label Restoril (temazepam) Approved 2008 Feb 25 [cited 2020 Oct 19]

3. Sueli RG, Rossini, Reimão R, Lefèvre BH, Medrado-Faria MA “Chronic Insomnia in Workers Poisoned by Inorganic Mercury” Neuro-Psiquiatr. vol.58 n.1 São Paulo 2000 Mar [cited 2020 Oct 19]

4. “Temazepam Oral: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions,” Published by WebMD [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Oct 19]

5. Puustinen J, et al., “Long-term persistence of withdrawal of temazepam.” Research article published by BMC Geriatrics 2018 Jun 15 [cited 2020 Oct 19]

6. “Drug Scheduling,” DEA [accessed 2020 Oct 19]

7. “Benzodiazepines” DEA [accessed 2020 Oct 19]



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Michael Loes, M.D.

 

Dr. Michael Loes is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pain Management and Addiction Medicine. He holds a dual license in Homeopathic and Integrative Medicine. He obtained his medical doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1978. Dr. Loes performed an externship at the National Institute of Health for Psychopharmacology. Additionally, he is a well-published author including Arthritis: The Doctor’s Cure, The Aspirin Alternative, The Healing Response, and Spirit Driven Health: The Psalmist’s Guide for Recovery. He has been awarded the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s “Excellence in Research” Award.

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