from the Benzodiazepine
group is used as a short term treatment for insomnia and other sleep related disorders. It is a CNS (central nervous system) depressant which works by retarding brain activity. While it has similar properties to other benzodazepines, such as amnesic, anxiolytic, muscle relaxant
, sedative, and anticonvulsant properties, it is generally used therapeutically only for the treatment of severe insomnia, and due to it's short half life is not appropriate in patients who wake early or several times a night.