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Flunitrazepam - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Flunitrazepam is a sleeping pill. It helps you to sleep if you have problems sleeping (also known as insomnia).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Flunitrazepam exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Flunitrazepam with or without food. If you are taking it as a sleeping pill, take it just before you go to bed.

It is not advisable to take this medicine long-term. See your doctor if Flunitrazepam does not seem to help you.

If you are taking Flunitrazepam over a certain period of time, do not stop taking it suddenly as this may worsen your condition. Your doctor may want to reduce the dose of Flunitrazepam gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- breathing problems e.g. sleep apnoea (shallow breathing during sleep)
- severe liver disease
- myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness disorder)
as Flunitrazepam may not be suitable for you.

Do not breastfeed while being treated with Flunitrazepam.

Do not give Flunitrazepam to children, unless instructed to do so by the child's doctor.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- other mental disorders e.g. depression, psychosis, schizophrenia
- kidney disease
- epilepsy (fits or seizures)
- glaucoma (an increased pressure in the eye)
- low blood pressure
- history of drug or alcohol dependence

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 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?

Flunitrazepam may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: headache, difficulty remembering, tiredness, stomach discomfort, dry mouth, tremors, and difficulty in controlling movements such as unsteadiness in walking.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- aggressiveness, restlessness and nervousness
- hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- other medicines for sleep disorder e.g zolpidem , eszopiclone, flurazepam
- medicines for anxiety e.g. diazepam, lorazepam
- medicines for moderate to severe pain e.g. codeine, hydrocodone, morphine
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital
- stomach medicines e.g. cisapride, cimetidine
- disulfiram (medicine used to treat alcohol dependence)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Flunitrazepam.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, 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.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Flunitrazepam - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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