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Temazepam is usually prescribed to help people sleep, and the main physical effects of the drug are as a muscle relaxant. The other effects described above are experienced if you take the drug and stay awake.  If you use Benzodiazepines regularly you can become dependant - withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, sleeplessness, panic attacks, loss of appetite, nausea, tremors and sometimes even hallucinations. These symptoms can persist for weeks after stopping use of the drug. Abrupt withdrawal from high doses can cause convulsions and fits, and should never be attempted without medical supervision.


Temazepam is a short-acting Benzodiazepine. It is normally prescribed to people who have difficulty sleeping, or occasionally to reduce anxiety.  Temazepam is produced as a gel-filled capsule, designed to be taken orally.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

The effects of downers like Temazepam make it more difficult to judge and assess situations than normal. Because of this, if people can be more vulnerable to accidents (for example when crossing a busy road). You can overdose on Temazepam (causing loss of consciousness), especially if you are using another depressant drug like alcohol or heroin.  Temazepam is a drug that should not be injected - the gel in the capsules can resolidify after injection.  This can cause thrombosis (a blood clot) and lead to collapsed veins; if you hit an artery by mistake, the blockage can cause gangrene, possibly leading to amputation of a hand, a foot, even an arm or a leg.


Temazepam is controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971, as a schedule 1 drug in Class A of the Act. Any person may possess a schedule 1 drug, provided it is in the original medicinal form. It is an offence to possess Temazepam in any other form (for example, if prepared for injection) and this offence carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine. Supply of the drug by an unauthorised person is an offence for which the maximum sentence is five years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

  1. Temazepam was first synthesized in 1964, but it first came into use in 1969 when its ability to counter insomnia was realized.
  2. By the late 1980s, Temazepam was one of the most popular and widely prescribed hypnotics on the market and it became one of the most widely prescribed drugs.
  3. Temazepam significantly decreases the number of nightly awakenings, but has the drawback of distorting the normal sleep pattern.
  4. Chronic or excessive use of Temazepam may cause drug tolerance, which can develop rapidly.
  5. The use of this drug in combination with alcohol potentiates the side effects, and can lead to toxicity (damaging of organs) and death.
  6. Onset of action is 20 to 40 min.
  7. Temazepam can become habit-forming. Withdrawal symptoms similar to those occurring with other benzodiazepines including alcohol, have been observed after stopping the medication suddenly. An increase in daytime anxiety or restlessness has been observed during treatment with temazepam.
  8. An increase in daytime anxiety or restlessness has been observed during treatment with temazepam.
  9. Temazepam his medication may affect mental efficiency (e.g., concentration, attention, and vigilance). The risk of confusion is greater for seniors and those with brain damage.
  10. Amnesia of varying severity has been reported following normal doses this medication.
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