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Prosom Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is estazolam (Prosom)?
- What are the possible side effects of estazolam (Prosom)?
- What is the most important information I should know about estazolam (Prosom)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking estazolam (Prosom)?
- How should I take estazolam (Prosom)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Prosom)?
- What happens if I overdose (Prosom)?
- What should I avoid while taking estazolam (Prosom)?
- What other drugs will affect estazolam (Prosom)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Prosom)?
Since estazolam is taken as needed, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule. Take estazolam only when you have time for several hours of sleep.
What happens if I overdose (Prosom)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of estazolam can be fatal, especially if taken with alcohol.
Symptoms of an estazolam overdose may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, muscle weakness, slurred speech, tremors, a slow heartbeat, shallow breathing, feeling light-headed, fainting, seizure (black-out or convulsions), or coma.
What should I avoid while taking estazolam (Prosom)?
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking estazolam. It can increase some of the side effects, and could possibly cause a fatal overdose.
Estazolam can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by estazolam.
What other drugs will affect estazolam (Prosom)?
Before taking estazolam, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- diltiazem (Cardizem, Cartia, Tiazac);
- antibiotics such as azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-Tab), isoniazid, itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), or rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater);
- antidepressants such as fluvoxamine (Luvox) or nefazodone (Serzone);
- a barbiturate such as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton);
- an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate);
- medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), mesoridazine (Serentil), pimozide (Orap), or thioridazine (Mellaril); or
- seizure medication such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol) or phenytoin (Dilantin).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with estazolam. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has information about estazolam written for health professionals that you may read.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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