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To assure the safe and effective use of ProSom (estazolam) , the following information and instructions should be given to patients:
- Inform your physician about any alcohol consumption and medicine you are taking now, including drugs you may buy without a prescription. Alcohol should not be used during treatment with hypnotics.
- Inform your physician if you are planning to become pregnant, if you are pregnant, or if you become pregnant while you are taking this medicine.
- You should not take this medicine if you are nursing, as the drug may be excreted in breast milk.
- Until you experience the way this medicine affects you, do not drive a car, operate potentially dangerous machinery, or engage in hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness after taking this medicine.
- Since benzodiazepines may produce psychological and physical dependence, you should not increase the dose before consulting your physician. In addition, since the abrupt discontinuation of ProSom (estazolam) may be associated with temporary sleep disturbances, you should consult your physician before abruptly discontinuing doses of 2 mg per night or more.
Last reviewed on RxList: 6/19/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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