What Is Halcion®?

Written by Amanda Stevens, B.S. | Updated on Feb 10, 2023
Medically reviewed by Dr. Christopher Litchfield, MD
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Halcion® is a benzodiazepine, a potent prescription sedative. While effective for legitimate medical reasons, it is also an habit-forming medication vulnerable to abuse.

Halcion® Overview 

Benzodiazepines are helpful treatment options for a variety of mental health and sleep disorders. Halcion® is a prescription sedative that relaxes your nervous system and targets neuroreceptors that regulate brain function to ease symptoms you may be experiencing.

What is Halcion®?

Triazolam, the generic name for Halcion®, is a benzodiazepine used to treat various disorders including insomnia and anxiety. Prolonged use is linked to misuse, adverse effects, and addiction.

Is Triazolam a Benzo?

Yes, triazolam is a benzo or benzodiazepine most commonly prescribed under the brand label, Halcion®.

What Is Halcion®?

Is Halcion® Safe to Take?

Halcion® is only safe to take with a prescription given to you by your doctor. The risk of developing an addiction is high, especially when taken for reasons outside of the prescription or for longer than necessary. It’s best to use a natural alternative when possible to ease your symptoms.

Halcion® Uses

Halcion® is a prescription sedative. This type of medication is used to treat sleep disorders like insomnia as well as mental health issues like anxiety and depression.


Halcion® is a common medication for pain because it relaxes the nervous system. However, there is a high risk of abuse when triazolam is used in combination with opioid pain relievers. Take care to not mix prescriptions that cause adverse health reactions.


Benzodiazepines target neuroreceptors that regulate brain function, which makes Halcion® a good option for people with depression that can’t be managed by lifestyle choices alone.


Triazolam works quickly to slow hyperactive brain activity, which makes it easy to fall and stay asleep. This makes Halcion® a common prescription in lower doses to ease symptoms for people with anxiety.

Panic Attacks

Given its quick uptake, Halcion® works equally as well for panic attacks. The drug works fast and only remains active for 1-2 hours, which makes it an effective short-term treatment to relieve symptoms quickly.


Halcion® is a commonly prescribed medication for seizure disorders. Given that benzodiazepines relax the nervous system, they can help reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures. However, Triazolam® abuse or withdrawal can also cause seizures. To prevent this, only take the drug exactly as prescribed by your doctor.


Just like benzodiazepines work to alleviate anxiety, Halcion® is a treatment option for people with OCD. OCD is an anxiety disorder so the medication works similarly. Halcion® slows hyperactive brain activity, which can help ease compulsions.


It is possible to treat and manage the symptoms of PTSD with a benzodiazepine like Halcion®. Benzodiazepines work as heavy sedatives, which means taking Halcion® for PTSD symptoms like nightmares and flashbacks may be the right treatment option for you.

Bipolar Disorder

Mood-stabilizing drugs are the best treatment for Bipolar Disorder, but taking Halcion® can help control common symptoms such as restlessness, agitation, or insomnia by relaxing the nervous system.


Plane rides can generate many uncomfortable feelings like panic or anxiety. Taking Halcion® for flying can alleviate these feelings quickly due to their fast uptake. It can be a helpful travel companion for short flights given that the drug leaves your system in only a few hours.


Headaches can interrupt sleep and cause anxiety if symptoms persist. That makes Halcion® a helpful medication for headaches. However, headaches are also a side effect of triazolam. Please inform your doctor if you develop a headache when taking Halcion®.

Halcion® For Sleep & Insomnia

The most common usage for Halcion® is to treat sleep problems like insomnia.[1] The medication works quickly to help you fall asleep fast and prevent you from waking up during the night.

Halcion® is a short-term treatment option – typically 7 to 10 days – that is best used in conjunction with other natural alternatives that aid sleep.

Halcion® Dosage

halcion 0.25mg halction 0.5mg halcion 1mg
Prescribed for:
Insomnia, Anxiety Disorders,
Oral Sedation, Hepatic Impairment
Prescribed for:
Insomnia, Anxiety Disorders
Prescribed for:
Panic Disorders

Halcion® Withdrawal Symptoms

As with any benzodiazepine, withdrawal symptoms can occur due to how the medications change your brain’s chemistry. It’s important to seek professional medical help before detoxing to avoid putting yourself in a potentially dangerous or life-threatening situation.

Common symptoms of Halcion® withdrawal include:

  • Nightmares
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Increased heart rate

How to Detox From Halcion®

Long-term use of benzodiazepine can make detoxing from Halcion® dangerous. It’s advised that you seek medical help from your doctor or a medical detox center due to potential life-threatening effects.

Halcion Detox Timeline

Halcion® is potent and fast-acting, which means withdrawal starts within hours. This also means that accompanying symptoms don’t last as long as other benzodiazepines.

Depending on the frequency of use and size of your dosage, symptoms can last between five days and two weeks. Anxiety and insomnia are typically experienced during a detox as your brain works to balance the natural chemicals you’re no longer getting from the medication.

Halcion® Overdose Symptoms & OD Treatment

Benzodiazepines are responsible for approximately one-third of all deaths from prescription drug overdoses.[2] A Halcion® overdose is not to be taken lightly, as serious symptoms such as confusion, slurred speech, seizures, and respiratory depression can develop. Coma and death are also reported with Triazolam® overdoses.

Treatment for a Halcion® overdose starts with monitoring your pulse, blood pressure, and respiration before a gastric lavage is performed to remove the substance. Treatment may also include using a reversal agent for benzodiazepines called flumazenil, which helps reverse the sedative effects.

Halcion® and Alcohol

Mixing alcohol with a nervous system depressant like Halcion® is extremely risky. Alcohol produces similar effects to Triazolam® as they both work to calm the nervous system.[3] This can lead to extreme sedation, a dangerously low heart rate, or an overdose. The onset of a Halcion® overdose includes symptoms such as seizures, loss of consciousness, and confusion.

Speak with your doctor about your alcohol consumption before taking Halcion® to avoid a potentially fatal concoction.

Side Effects: Halcion® vs Xanax®

While Halcion® and Xanax® are both benzodiazepines that produce tranquilizing effects, they have their differences. Halcion® is primarily prescribed to treat insomnia symptoms while Xanax® is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders.

Both medications require higher dosages the longer they’re taken to produce the same effects.

Side Effects Halcion® Xanax®
Drowsiness X X
Dizziness X X
Impaired coordination X X
Changes in appetite X
Muscle weakness X
Numbness X
Memory problems X X

Is Halcion® Addictive?

Long-term Halcion® use can lead to addiction, dependence, and damage to brain chemistry. It takes as few as two weeks to develop a tolerance, which means the risk of addiction is high.

Is Halcion® Addictive?

Halcion® Addiction Treatment & Rehab Options

Halcion® addiction is a growing problem, but the good news is that treatment is available. Since withdrawal symptoms can occur as quickly as one hour after dosing, it’s important to determine if a medically-assisted detox is right for you.

A medically-assisted benzodiazepine detox involves administering IV and oral medications to mitigate symptoms and keep you safe and comfortable. Withdrawal symptoms from transitioning off of Halcion® can be dangerous or life-threatening. Choosing the right treatment process is paramount for a healthy recovery.

If you or someone you know is addicted to Halcion®, a rehabilitation facility can get them the help they need.

Halcion® FAQs

Your doctor is the best resource for questions you may have about Halcion®, but here are some answers to common questions.

What does the drug Halcion® do?

Halcion® is a depressant that slows hyperactive brain activity by calming your central nervous system. This helps to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.

Is Halcion® and Xanax® the same?

Halcion® and Xanax® are both benzodiazepines or sedative medications. While Halcion® is prescribed for people with insomnia, Xanax® can help treat and manage symptoms of anxiety disorders.

How does Halcion® make you feel?

Halcion® is a sedative, so you will feel drowsy.

How long does it take for Halcion® to kick in?

Halcion® is fast-acting and its effects can be felt within 30 minutes.

Is Halcion® good for anxiety?

Halcion® can be prescribed as a short-term option for anxiety. However, if long-term treatment is needed, other medications or natural alternatives may be a better option.

Will Halcion® knock me out?

With proper dosage, Halcion® should produce a calming effect. You will feel drowsy but awake. A larger dose, as prescribed by your doctor, will help you fall asleep quickly and stay asleep.

Why do dentists prescribe triazolam?

Going to the dentist is a common fear. If patients have anxiety about an upcoming procedure, dentists will prescribe triazolam to minimize their symptoms during the appointment.

Is triazolam a strong sedative?

Yes, Triazolam® is a strong sedative that eases symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. It is considered a type of conscious sedation.

How long does it take Triazolam® to wear off?

Triazolam® can wear off in as little as 5-6 hours, depending on your dosage, frequency of use, metabolism, and other factors.

Recover From Halcion® Addiction

If you or someone you know struggles with Halcion® Addiction, Gallus’ evidence-based medical detox facilities can help. Our luxury detox program aids clients in tapering off the medication and helps them recover in a safe, controlled environment.

Contact us today to start the recovery process surrounded by a team of professionals who take “dignity in healing” to heart.

Last medically reviewed on January 30, 2023

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