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Halcion Review – 7 Essential Things to Know

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Facts | Ingredients | Pros & Cons | Contraindications | Cost | Suggested Use | Bottom Line

Halcion (Triazolam) is a prescription drug marketed as a treatment for short term insomnia (7 to 10 days). The tablets contain triazolam, a triazolobenzodiazepine class hypnotic agent.

The drug is manufactured by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, a worldwide renowned pharmaceutical company established in 1849. Pfizer is a global company and currently one of the largest pharmaceutical drugs manufacturers in the world.
This is a very powerful drug; therefore the manufacturer issues a warning that in case it is used for more than 2-3 weeks, a complete re-evaluation of the patient is necessary before proceeding with the treatment.

Halcion is available strictly on a prescription. Contraindications include pregnant women (as benzodiazepines may cause fetal damage) and patients with known hypersensitivity to benzodiazepines.


1) Halcion Quick Facts

Halcion is a prescription drug recommended for the treatment of short term insomnia. The drug has been clinically tested during several placebo-controlled clinical studies conducted on 1,003 patients. The most important side effects observed were extensions of the pharmacological activity of triazolam, particularly, drowsiness, dizziness and light-headedness.

It should however be noted that sleep disturbances and disorders may be the result of a physical and/or psychiatric disorder, and that correctly identifying the cause is an essential part of the treatment. A careful evaluation of the patient is therefore recommended.

The manufacturer mentions the fact that failure of insomnia to remit after 7 to 10 days of treatment may indicate the presence of a medical illness or/and a primary psychiatric disorder. Also, worsening of the insomnia or the emergence of new thinking or behavior abnormalities may be the consequence of an undiagnosed physical or psychiatric disorder.


2) Details on Halcion Ingredients and Uses

Halcion Triazolam includes the following ingredients: Triazolam, cellulose, corn starch, lactose, magnesium, silicon dioxide docusate sodium, and sodium benzoate.

Pros & Cons

3) Halcion: Pros and Cons

  • Clinically tested
  • The manufacturer is a global pharmaceuticals manufacturer
  • FDA approved.

4) Halcion Warnings and Precautions

  • Potentially harmful side effects, as with any prescription drugs.

5) Halcion Cost

Halcion Triazolam is one of the most expensive forms of sleep medications on the market. It is possible that any health insurance coverage or prescription plans will cover it. However, it is at the digression of that company and their coverage. There could be co-pays or deductibles that have to be paid to obtain this type of medication. For those unable to pay for it the doctor may be able to recommend some alternative assistance.

Suggested Use

6) Suggested Use

For maximum beneficial effects, dosages should be individualized.

Bottom Line

7) The Bottom Line – “Does it Work?”

Halcion is used in the treatment of short term insomnia. The drug has received positive consumer reviews, although some of them mention a long term use of the product (due to its effectiveness), which is not recommended without doctor’s approval.

This is a prescription drug based on a powerful hypnotic substance, therefore counter indications and side effects should be acknowledged prior to beginning treatment. It is advised that a thorough medical evaluation is made prior to starting use, since correctly determining the symptoms of insomnia dictates the most appropriate treatment.

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