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USES: This medication is used to relieve nervousness, tension, or anxiety. It is used improve sleep disturbances such as insomnia. It is also used to treat seizure disorders.
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This medication is used to relieve nervousness, tension, or anxiety. It is used improve sleep disturbances such as insomnia. It is also used to treat seizure disorders.
- Long-term use can lead to dependence.
- Take only as directed.
- Do not increase dose or take longer than prescribed.
- If tolerance and dependency develop, the medication will become less effective with prolonged use.
- If you develop severe pain while taking this medication, contact your doctor.
- Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.
- Store at room temperature away from sunlight.
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- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication must be administered as directed by your doctor.
- For insomnia, use 30 to 60 minutes prior to bedtime.
- Use exactly as prescribed.
- Do not increase your dose or take more often than prescribed.
- Do not stop using this medication without your doctor's approval.
- Your dose may have to be gradually decreased if you have been taking it for some time.
- This medication causes drowsiness and dizziness.
- Avoid tasks requiring alertness.
- Other side effects may include headache, weakness, grogginess or dreaming.
- These effects should disappear as your body adjusts to the medication.
- If they persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
- Notify your doctor if you develop chest pain, rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, confusion or hallucinations while taking this medication.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of breathing problems, porphyria (a blood disorder), heart problems, if you have pain (chronic or acute); a history of alcohol or substance abuse and of any allergies.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages; alcohol adds to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
- Do not drive or engage in activities that require alertness.
- Elderly persons are usually more sensitive to the effects of this medication.
- Use cautiously.
- This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
- Consult your doctor before using this medication.
- This medication has been shown to pass into breast milk and cause harm to a nursing infant.
- Consult your doctor about breast-feeding.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- This medication can interact with many drugs.
- Before you take it, tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription drugs you are taking including: anticoagulants ("blood thinners"), birth control pills, steroids (for asthma or other inflammatory conditions); medication for seizures, heart rhythm disturbances, thyroid conditions and depression; narcotic pain medications (e.g., codeine).
- This medication can cause drowsiness which will be increased if you are also taking antihistamines, sedatives, sleeping pills, tranquilizers or muscle relaxers.
- This drug may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills.
- Discuss using other methods of birth control with your doctor.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.