Halcion (Triazolam)


What are the Medical uses of Halcion (Triazolam)?

Triazolam is usually used for short-term treatment of acute insomnia and circadian rhythm sleep disorders, including jet lag. It is an ideal benzodiazepine for this use because of its fast onset of action and short half-life. It puts a person to sleep for about 1.5 hours, allowing its user to avoid morning drowsiness. Triazolam is also sometimes used as an adjuvant in medical procedures requiring anesthesia or to reduce anxiety during brief events, such as MRI scans and nonsurgical dental procedures. Triazolam is ineffective in maintaining sleep, however, due to its short half-life, with quazepam showing superiority.

Formula: C17H12Cl2N4
Molar mass: 343.2 g/mol
Metabolism: Liver
Bioavailability: 44% (oral route), 53% (sublingual), 98% (intranasal)
AHFS/Drugs.com: Monograph
ATC code: N05CD05