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What Restoril Does to Your Body

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RestorilRestoril is a popular sedative-hypnotic drug used to relieve insomnia, reduce anxiety and prevent muscle spasms. In fact, in the U.S. alone, in 2014, doctors prescribed Restoril 4.7 million times.1 Restoril is a central nervous system depressant that suppresses brain activity and creates sensations of sleepiness and tranquility. Because this medication is so effective at inducing sleep, it is often prescribed to patients with chronic insomnia.

When Restoril is taken in large doses, it can cause feelings of intoxication, extreme drowsiness or stupor. If a recreational user takes more than the prescribed dose, he exposes himself to serious short-term and long-term health hazards.

Short-Term Side Effects

Doctors prescribe Restoril because it can be a safe way to promote sleep. However, if this drug is taken without a prescription or is used inappropriately, it can have serious short-term side effects, such as:

  • Excessive sedation
  • Sleeping problems
  • Confusion
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Tremors
  • Changes in heart rate (either too fast or too slow)
  • Breathing problems
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of consciousness2

Restoril affects your reflexes, reaction times and hand-eye coordination. These side effects increase the chances of a motor vehicle accident, a fall or drowning. In some cases, Restoril users experience amnesia. These users may drive a car, make phone calls, have sex or perform other activities and not remember what happened until the drug wears off.2

Benzodiazepines like Restoril are often taken with alcohol or other sedatives. When an individual takes Restoril with other central nervous system depressants, the risk of an overdose greatly increases.

Long-Term Health Risks

The long-term effects of Restoril abuse can be devastating to your physical health and overall well-being. Although short-term use of this drug can help you sleep, it can interfere with your sleeping patterns. Over time, many heavy users can develop rebound insomnia or the inability to sleep without Restoril. In other words, they become dependent on the drug. Some long-term recreational users experience problems with learning and memory, sensory disturbances, depression, suicidal impulses or psychosis.

The truth is many users develop a tolerance to Restoril very quickly. This chemical change places recreational users at a high risk of dependence and addiction. If you discontinue Restoril use too quickly, it can result in serious withdrawal symptoms.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures

Some individuals mistakenly believe that because doctors prescribe Restoril it is safer or less addictive than illicit street drugs. In fact, benzodiazepine addiction is a serious threat to your health.

If you or someone you love struggles with Restoril abuse, dependence or addiction, please call 760.548.4032 now. You will speak with one of our compassionate admissions coordinators at Michael’s House. We know that recovering from prescription drug addiction requires careful monitoring and intensive support.

Call us to find out how our innovative recovery centers can treat drug addiction. If you have insurance, please have the information ready. We can tell you what treatment options are covered by your insurance. If you have any questions, we are glad to answer them. Whatever you do, please don’t hide drug addiction any longer. Get the help you need today.


1Temazepam Drug Use Statistics United States 2004-2014. ClinCalc.  Web. Accessed 5 June 2017.

2Temazepam (Oral Route) Side EffectsMayoClinic. 1 Mar. 2017. Web. Accessed 5 June 2017.