|Why do I need this medicine?||Loprazolam is a sleeping pill. It helps you sleep if you have problems sleeping (a condition known as insomnia).|
|How do I take this medicine?||Take Loprazolam exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Do not take Loprazolam for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
It is not advisable to take Loprazolam long-term. See your doctor if Loprazolam does not seem to help you.
You should take Loprazolam only when you have problems sleeping and when you are able to sleep for 7-8 hours without being interrupted.
You may take Loprazolam with or without food. Take it just before you go to bed.
If you have been taking Loprazolam over a certain period of time, you should not stop taking Loprazolam suddenly as this may cause withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, cramps, vomiting and sweating. Your doctor will reduce the dose of Loprazolam gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
|What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?||Loprazolam is used to help you sleep. You may not need to take it everyday. Take it only when you need it. If you miss a dose, take it at your next scheduled dose.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
|When should I not use this medicine?||Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Loprazolam. Do not take Loprazolam if you are pregnant .
It is important that you do not get pregnant while being treated with Loprazolam. Use appropriate birth control.
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Loprazolam.
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to other sleeping pills, such as diazepam, midazolam, lorazepam and others.
Alert your doctor if you have liver disease, porphyria or an eye disease known as glaucoma.
Alert your doctor if you have lung or breathing problems such as sleep apnea, myasthenia gravis, any mood or psychiatric problems, or if you are at risk of falls.
Do not give Loprazolam to children, unless specifically instructed by the child's doctor.
|What should I take note of while using this medicine?||Alert your doctor if you have kidney disease or if you ever had a stroke.
Alert your doctor if you are an alcoholic or if you have a history of drug abuse.
Alert your doctor if you have depression or a history of depression.
Take Loprazolam only when you need to. Try not to make a habit of relying on Loprazolam to help you sleep. Loprazolam should only be used for a short period of time. Do not take Loprazolam for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
Practise good sleeping habits to reduce reliance on sleeping pills. These are some good sleeping habits which you should follow:
- Try to relax before bedtime. Do not engage in strenuous activities.
- Try to go to bed at about the same time every night.
- Have a light dinner. A heavy dinner may disturb your sleep.
- Avoid caffeine in the evening. Caffeine-containing food and drink include coffee, tea, certain soft drinks and even chocolate.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime.
- Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and airy.
- Avoid taking naps especially in the late afternoon.
|What side effects could I experience?||Loprazolam may cause drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. Do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Loprazolam can also cause tiredness, unsteady movement, confusion and some memory loss.
Loprazolam may also cause aggressiveness, restlessness, irritability, hallucinations and nightmares in some people. Alert your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
|Can I take this with other medicines?||Alert your doctor quickly if you are taking:
- other sleeping pills
- any medicines that cause drowsiness such as opioid (morphine-like) painkillers, antihistamines, medicines for mood and personality problems
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
|What special dietary instructions should I follow?||Avoid alcohol.|
|How should I store this medicine?||Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
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