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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 medicine 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 about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to flurazepam
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication:
- asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
- kidney or liver disease;
- myasthenia gravis;
- a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior;
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
- if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a benzodiazepine such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), temazepam (Restoril), or triazolam (Halcion).
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.
Do not give this medication to anyone younger than 15 years old.
How should I take flurazepam (Dalmane)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Contact 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.
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.
Flurazepam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Flurazepam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Store flurazepam at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of how many capsules have been used from each new bottle of this medicine. Benzodiazepines are drugs of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription.
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