Appropriately treating insomnia with triazolam

Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
V L Martin

Abstract

Insomnia is a problem that extends beyond the nighttime. People who experience sleep disturbances complain that they stay awake for a long time before they fall asleep. They may wake up several times during the night and cannot return to sleep and/or they wake up early in the morning. As a result, they feel sleepy during the day and are less alert. Various forms of insomnia are described that require--as much as possible--an individualized treatment approach. Besides sleeping hygiene, benzodiazepines certainly occupy a place in the treatment of insomnia. Triazolam, a triazolobenzodiazepine, closely approaches the characteristics of an ideal hypnotic: pharmacological activity at the level of the receptors, moderate absorption, short-acting, and rapid elimination. It is effective and safe if prescribed correctly and at the appropriate dosage.

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