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Triazolam

Last updated on 15/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Triazolam

CHINESE NAME: 三唑侖

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Halcion 阿若南

DRUG CLASS: Hypnotics

SUB CLASS: Benzodiazepines

USED FOR: Insomnia

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 0.25 mg (tablets)

What is Triazolam for?

Triazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine hypnotic working by binding to GABA receptors to depress the central nervous system, hence used for insomnia.

How to use it?

Triazolam is taken as oral tablets just before bedtime, preferably a considerable period after food for it to work better, for short-term to prevent the development of dependence. The dose is dependent on the extent of insomnia.

Insomnia
Adult
0.25-0.5 mg daily at bedtime.

Elderly
0.125-0.25 mg daily at bedtime.

Child
0.125-0.5 mg daily at bedtime.

What are the side effects of Triazolam?

Common side effects of Triazolam include, but not limited to, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, ataxia, dizziness and headache.

Who should not take Triazolam?

– People who are allergic to Triazolam or any component of the formulation or other benzodiazepines
– People also taking other strong CYP3A inhibitors

Pharmacist Tips:

– Ensure good sleep hygiene to aid sleep like keeping your night routine consistent and unplug from electronics.
– Benzodiazepines like Triazolam should be used short-term to prevent the development of dependence.
– Do not drive or operate machinery after taking Triazolam.

Common dosing schedule:
Triazolam is to be taken once at bedtime to aid sleep.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Triazolam may interact with:
– Alizapride
– Chlormethiazole
– Clozapine
– Methadone

Triazolam may interact with many other medications. Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Triazolam in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Triazolam is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Triazolam in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.