Loprazolam is a sleeping pill. It helps you sleep if you have problems sleeping (also known as insomnia).
Take Loprazolam 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.
Do not take Loprazolam for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor. See your doctor if Loprazolam does not seem to help you.
You may take this medicine with or without food. Take it just before you go to bed.
If you are taking Loprazolam over a certain period of time, do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise as stopping it suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as headache, restlessness, confusion, depression and anxiety. Your doctor will reduce the dose of Loprazolam gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
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.
Alert your doctor if you have the following:
- lung or breathing problems such as sleep apnoea
- a muscle weakness disorder called myasthenia gravis
as Loprazolam may not be suitable for you.
Do not give Loprazolam to children, unless specifically instructed by the child's doctor.
Inform your doctor if you have:
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- depression or history of depression
- history of alcoholism or drug abuse
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Take Loprazolam only when you need to. Try not to make a habit of relying on this medicine to help you sleep.
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.
Loprazolam may cause drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. 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: unsteady movement, nausea and headache.
Loprazolam may also cause aggressiveness, confusion, excitement and worsening of depression with suicidal tendencies in some people. Alert your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- muscle relaxants
- medicine for epilepsy (fits or seizures)
- medicine for moderate to severe pain e.g. narcotic analgesics
- medicines for cold and allergy e.g. antihistamines
- medicines for mood and personality problems
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Loprazolam.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.