DORAL is a prescription medicine used to treat certain types of insomnia including difficulty falling asleep, waking up often during the night, or waking up early in the morning. DORAL is a federal controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence.

Keep DORAL in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving it away may harm others and is against the law. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines, or street drugs. It is not known if DORAL is safe and effective in children.

Side Effects Of Doral

  • Withdrawal symptoms. You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking DORAL suddenly. Withdrawal symptoms can be serious and include seizures. Mild withdrawal symptoms include a depressed mood and trouble sleeping. Talk to your healthcare provider about slowly stopping DORAL to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Other conditions. Call your healthcare provider if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem.
  • Severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include swelling of the tongue or throat, and trouble breathing. Other symptoms may include nausea and vomiting. Get emergency medical help right away if you have these symptoms after taking DORAL.
  • Abnormal thoughts and behavior. Symptoms include more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts.
  • Depression. Pre-existing depression may emerge or worsen during the use of benzodiazepines including DORAL.
  • Abuse and dependence. Taking DORAL can cause physical and psychological dependence. Physical and psychological dependence is not the same as drug addiction. Your healthcare provider can tell you more about the differences between physical and psychological dependence and drug addiction.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the above side effects while taking DORAL.

The most common side effects include:

  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • feeling very tired
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • upset stomach

After you stop taking sleep medicine, you may have symptoms for the next 1 to 2 days such as:

  • trouble sleeping
  • nausea
  • flushing
  • lightheadedness
  • uncontrolled crying
  • vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • panic attack
  • nervousness
  • stomach area pain

These are not all the possible side effects of DORAL. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Warnings & Precautions

Do not take DORAL if you:

  • are allergic to quazepam or any of the ingredients in DORAL. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in DORAL.
  • have had an allergic reaction to other sleep medicines or sedatives such as benzodiazepines Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction can include:
  • have sleep apnea, breathing or lung problems

Before you take DORAL, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have a history of depression, mental illness or, suicidal thoughts
  • have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction
  • have lung disease or breathing problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if DORAL can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. DORAL can pass through your breast milk and may harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take DORAL.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Taking it with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect how well DORAL or the other medicines work.

Dosage Of Doral

Take DORAL exactly as your healthcare providers tell you to take it.

DORAL comes in 15 mg tablets. Your healthcare provider may start your dose at 7.5 mg which is half a tablet. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about your dose schedule.

If you take too much DORAL or overdose, get emergency treatment right away.


Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use it for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give it to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about DORAL that is written for healthcare professionals.


All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.