Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Temazepam

  • John C. Courtney
  • Efrain Antonio GonzalezEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1711

Generic Name

Temazepam

Brand Name

Restoril

Class

Anxiolytics; sedative/hypnotics

Proposed Mechanism(s) of Action

Binds to benzodiazepine receptors at the GABA-A ligand-gated chloride channel. Inhibitor effects in sleep centers of the brain theoretically produce sedative effects.

Indication

Short-term treatment of insomnia

Off-Label Use

No common other use

Side Effects

Serious

Respiratory depression, rare hepatic and/or renal dysfunction, and blood dyscrasia

Common

Sedation, fatigue, memory problems, dizziness, slurred speech, disinhibition, anxiety, and rebound insomnia

References and Readings

  1. Physicians’ desk reference (71st ed.) (2017). Montvale: Thomson PDR.Google Scholar
  2. Stahl, S. M. (2007). Essential psychopharmacology: The prescriber’s guide (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

Additional Information

  1. Free drug online and PDA software. www.epocrates.com
  2. Free drug online and PDA software. www.medscape.com

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Socorro Mental HealthPresbyterian Medical ServicesSocorroUSA
  2. 2.College of PsychologyNova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  3. 3.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA