Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Addiction potential: Triazolam is habit-forming. Withdrawal symptoms similar to those occurring with other benzodiazepines (as well as with alcohol) have been observed after stopping triazolam suddenly when it has been taken regularly over a period of time (more than 2 weeks). These symptoms include:
- abdominal cramps
- extreme anxiety
- memory impairment
- muscle pain
- sleep problems
Anxiety, restlessness: An increase in daytime anxiety or restlessness has been observed during treatment with triazolam.
Confusion: This medication may affect mental efficiency (e.g., concentration, attention, and vigilance). The risk of confusion is greater for seniors and for those with brain injury.
Depression or psychosis: Triazolam is not recommended for use by people with depression or psychosis. Abnormal thinking and psychotic behavioral changes have been reported (e.g., aggressiveness). Particular caution is warranted in patients with a history of violent behaviour.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Do not engage in hazardous activities that require complete mental alertness such as driving or operating machinery until the effects of triazolam wear off. Using alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or sedation is also not recommended.
Complex sleep-related behaviours such as "sleep-driving" (i.e., driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sedative-hypnotic, with amnesia for the event) have been reported in patients who have taken triazolam.
Memory disturbance: Amnesia of varying severity has been reported following normal doses this medication. Elderly patients are at particular risk.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor.
Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking triazolam it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of triazolam for children below the age of 18 have not been established.
Seniors: The sedative effects of triazolam may affect seniors more than others. Extra caution is needed, for example, when getting up during the night.