January 15, 1988

You Don't Have to Be a Neuroscientist to Forget Everything With Triazolam—But It Helps

Author Affiliations

Woodbridge, Va

Woodbridge, Va

JAMA. 1988;259(3):352. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720030018014

To the Editor.  —I read with interest the BRIEF REPORT about traveler's amnesia by Morris and Estes.1 Iam a neurologist who has had two similar episodes secondary to triazolam ingestion. The first was at the age of 33 years. At that time, after a flight to Paris during which I consumed two glasses of wine, I took triazolam, 0.5 mg, to help me sleep once I arrived. The next morning I awoke to find that I had experienced a four-hour period of amnesia, during which my wife states I seemed to be normal. The second event occurred when I was 35 years old on a flight to Hamburg, Germany. This time I took 0.25 mg of triazolam on the airplane and, because of the previous episode, I had taken nothing to drink except a martini six hours before taking triazolam. Throughout the approach to the airport, through customs, and