This medication is used to treat insomnia (sleeping disorders).
Take this medication by mouth immediately before bedtime on an empty
stomach or as directed. This medication is usually taken for short
periods of 7 to 10 days. Take this exactly as prescribed. Do not increase
the dose or take this for longer than prescribed.
Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nausea, stomach upset,
vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, and dry mouth may occur. If any
of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
Notify your doctor if you develop any of these serious side effects
while taking this medication: chest pain, rapid heart rate, difficulty
breathing, skin rash, fever, behavior changes, mental confusion, abnormal
thinking, depression. To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when
rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly. Also avoid
intake of alcoholic beverages which will aggravate these effects.
Because this medication causes drowsiness, use caution engaging in
activities requiring alertness. If you notice other effects not listed
above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of kidney disease,
liver disease, lung disease, drug dependency, depression, breathing
problems, any allergies. This medication should be used during pregnancy
only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult
your doctor before breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication
you may take including: any medication for depression or seizures,
narcotic pain relievers, sedatives. Avoid the use of alcohol while
taking this medication. Do not start or stop any medicine without
doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center
or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include difficulty
breathing, clumsiness, slowed heart rate, and deep sleep from which
you cannot be awakened. NOTES: Elderly persons are usually more sensitive
to the effects of this medication. Use cautiously. You may experience
sleeping difficulties on the first night after stopping this medication.
Be aware of this effect. If the problem continues, contact your doctor.
Take your dose at or near bedtime. If you miss a dose, do not take
it if it is near the time for your next dose. Instead, skip the missed
dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the
dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30
degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.