Medication Monday: Halcion

Welcome back from Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you holiday was full of family and self-care, even if the former had to be seen through Zoom. However, it is Monday once again, which means it is once again time for Medication Monday, the weekly series that looks at some of the medications available for mental health conditions, as well as some of the issues commonly associated with these medications. Today, we are discussing the benzodiazepine Halcion, which may also go by the generic name triazolam.

Halcion is used to treat insomnia. Insomnia can be caused by a number of mental health conditions. For example, my first visit to a therapist was for insomnia, which was, at the time, the most noticeable symptom of my anxiety.

And while I was able to address my insomnia by addressing my anxiety, not everyone will have the same experience. Some will need additional assistance, at least in the short term, which is where sedative or hypnotics such as Halcion come in. However, I want to stress that this should be a short term solution. Specifically, Halcion is only recommended for use for one to two weeks.

As expected with a medication used to treat insomnia, its foremost side effect is drowsiness. If taken during the day, it may make you sleepy. If you have daytime drowsiness even when taken properly to help you sleep at night, you should inform your doctor, as your dose may need to be adjusted. Also let your doctor know if you have any memory loss or changes in your mental health, such as increased anxiety, depression, or suicidal ideation.

And as I always remind readers that Medication Monday is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. Rather, it is meant as a brief, informative introduction to mental health medication. Questions, concerns, or conversations about your specific medication options should always be addressed to your doctor. Nevertheless, I hope this introduction to Halcion has been informative, and thanks as always for reading.

Source: WebMD – Halcion

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