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Dalmane Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is flurazepam (Dalmane)?
- What are the possible side effects of flurazepam (Dalmane)?
- What is the most important information I should know about flurazepam (Dalmane)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking flurazepam (Dalmane)?
- How should I take flurazepam (Dalmane)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Dalmane)?
- What happens if I overdose (Dalmane)?
- What should I avoid while taking flurazepam (Dalmane)?
- What other drugs will affect flurazepam (Dalmane)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking flurazepam (Dalmane)?
Some people using this medication have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking flurazepam and talk with your doctor.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to flurazepam or similar medications, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), or triazolam (Halcion).
To make sure flurazepam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
- kidney or liver disease;
- myasthenia gravis; or
- a history of depression, drug or alcohol addiction, or suicidal thoughts or actions.
Flurazepam may be habit forming. Never share flurazepam with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Do not use flurazepam if you are pregnant. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Flurazepam can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication.
Flurazepam may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
The sedative effects of flurazepam may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking flurazepam.
How should I take flurazepam (Dalmane)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take flurazepam only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You may fall asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Call your doctor if your insomnia does not improve after taking flurazepam for 7 to 10 nights, or if you have any mood or behavior changes. Insomnia can be a symptom of depression, mental illness, or certain medical conditions.
Do not stop using flurazepam suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using flurazepam.
Your insomnia symptoms may return when you stop using flurazepam after using it over a long period of time. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Flurazepam is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Additional Dalmane Information
- Dalmane Drug Interactions Center: flurazepam oral
- Dalmane Side Effects Center
- Dalmane Overview including Precautions
- Dalmane FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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