from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark for the drug triazolam.

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  • n. a form of benzodiazepine (trade name Halcion) frequently prescribed as a sleeping pill; usually given to people who have trouble falling asleep


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  • Oral conscious sedation, in which patients take a tranquillizer such as Halcion or Versed before the visit, puts them into a relaxed and sleepy state although they can still respond to the dentist's commands.

    More Dentists Taking Pains to Win Back Fearful Patients

  • Half a milligram of Halcion is 16 times stronger than 1 mg of Xanax.

    The Nervous Breakdown

  • After my accident, when I was hospitalized for six weeks, I was given Halcion every night, and, man did it do the trick.

    The Nervous Breakdown

  • She knew full well that this stolid citizen of the “motherland” had never ingested so much as a microgram of Xanax, Prozac, or Halcion.

    One Flight Up

  • When tests failed to show enough drugs in the victim's system to make a case stick — Halcion, the sleeping pill Dahmer often used, dissipates quickly — the police dropped the matter.

    Secrets of a Serial Killer

  • Like his father before him, who famously barfed on the Japanese after a bad reaction to Halcion, the 1980s version of a miracle sleep drug for those with bloody hands, you can bet your Tempurpedic mattress that Junior takes sleep aids.

    Nina Burleigh: Ambien Nation

  • They also accuse Upjohn of misreporting side-effects data to French and Japanese regulators, and they criticize the company for running an "ongoing campaign to discredit or neutralize any individual or publication reporting adverse information about Halcion."

    Halcion: A Damaging Report

  • CLAIMED VINDICATION 17 MONTHS AGO, when the Food and Drug Administration decided not to pursue charges that the firm had concealed the hazards of its controversial sleeping pill, Halcion.

    Halcion: A Damaging Report

  • The investigators contend that after Halcion hit the U.S. market in 1983, Upjohn misled the FDA about the significance of patients 'adverse reactions, which ranged from amnesia to paranoia.

    Halcion: A Damaging Report

  • In the new document, which NEWSWEEK obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, investigators conclude that Upjohn "has engaged in an ongoing pattern of misconduct with Halcion."

    Halcion: A Damaging Report


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