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The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/dizziness) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also affect breathing or cause drowsiness. Therefore, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as alcohol, medicine for sleep or anxiety (eszopiclone, zaleplon, zolpidem, benzodiazepines such as diazepam/temazepam, barbiturates such as pentobarbital), muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: lack of response, slow/shallow breathing, inability to control urine/stool.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. It may harm them, and it is against the law.
Keep all medical appointments. It is recommended that you visit your doctor at least every 3 months while taking this medication.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember if it is before bedtime. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Prepare each dose just before bedtime. Use or properly discard prepared doses within 24 hours. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
See also How to Use section. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Read the Medication Guide for details. To discard, the FDA recommends pouring into a drain. However, consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Information last revised July 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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