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What condition does Quazepam treat?

Quazepam is a prescription used for the short-term treatment of patients with trouble sleeping or insomnia. It is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. This medication is generally used for 7 to 10 days. This may help you fall asleep faster and lessen the times you awaken during the night. This may also help you sleep for a longer period.

Quazepam belongs to the class of medications known as sedatives or hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect. This is available as a tablet for oral administration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.

How does Quazepam work?

Quazepam binds non-specifically to benzodiazepine receptors which affect muscle relaxation and anticonvulsant activity. It also affects motor coordination and memory. As benzodiazepine receptors are thought to be coupled to gamma-aminobutyric acid-A receptors, this enhances the effects of GABA. It is by increasing GABA affinity for the GABA receptor. By binding the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA to the site, it releases the chloride channel. It results in a hyperpolarized cell membrane that stops more excitation of the cell.

What is the recommended dosage of Quazepam?

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response.

This is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. This is usually taken once every night, 30 minutes before bedtime. You may take each dose with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time or exactly as it is directed by your doctor. To avoid some complications, do not double the prescribed dosage. If you missed a dose, call your doctor for instructions.

When this medicine is taken for an extended period, this may not work as well and may need different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medicine stops working well. On the first few nights, after you stop taking this medication, you may experience trouble sleeping. It is normal and called rebound insomnia. It will usually go away after 1-2 nights. If this effect continues, contact your doctor. Let your doctor know if your condition persists or worsens after 7 to 10 days.

What are the side effects of Quazepam?

  • Spinning sensation
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision or vision problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Excitement
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Increased thirst

What are the precautions in taking Quazepam?

  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have any current medications (vitamins or herbal supplements). Tell also your doctor if you have any medical history or allergy.
  • Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Do not take this medicine more often, increase your dosage, or use it for a longer period than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed.
  • Even though unlikely, this medicine can rarely cause temporary memory loss. To prevent this effect, you should not take a dosage except you have time for a sleep that lasts at least 7 to 8 hours.