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Brand Names: Doral

Generic Name: quazepam (Pronunciation: KWAY ze pam)

What is quazepam (Doral)?

Quazepam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). Quazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia).

Quazepam is used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling or staying asleep.

Quazepam may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Doral 7.5 mg

oblong, orange, imprinted with DORAL, 7.5

What are the possible side effects of quazepam (Doral)?

Stop using quazepam and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • worsening insomnia;
  • confusion, anxiety, slurred speech, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • hallucinations, agitation, aggression;
  • weak or shallow breathing;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • muscle stiffness in your tongue, jaw, or neck;
  • problems with urination; or
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • daytime drowsiness (or during hours when you are not normally sleeping);
  • amnesia or forgetfulness;
  • muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination;
  • dizziness, vision problems;
  • nightmares;
  • headache, blurred vision, depressed mood;
  • feeling nervous, excited, or irritable;
  • impotence, loss of interest in sex;
  • mild itching or skin rash;
  • nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite; or
  • dry mouth, increased thirst.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about quazepam (Doral)?

Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking quazepam and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to quazepam or to other benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), midazolam (Versed), temazepam (Restoril), or triazolam (Halcion).

Before taking quazepam, tell your doctor if you have any breathing problems, kidney or liver disease, or a history of depression, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Quazepam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Quazepam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.

Quazepam should be used for only a short time to treat insomnia. After 7 to 10 nights of use, talk with your doctor about whether or not you should keep taking quazepam.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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