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   Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines
(oral) (capsule, Tablet, Tablet, Extended Release)


Treats insomnia (difficulty falling sleep), anxiety, nervousness, muscle spasms, and epilepsy.

ALTERNATE NAMES

Xanax XR, Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Restoril, Serax, Dalmane, Librium, Lorazepam Intensol, Tranxene T-Tab, Tranxene, Tranxene-SD, Klonopin Wafers, Diazepam Intensol


 
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Benzodiazepines
Xanax XR, Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Restoril, Serax, Dalmane, Librium, Lorazepam Intensol, Tranxene T-Tab, Tranxene, Tranxene-SD, Klonopin Wafers, Diazepam Intensol
Uses
Treats insomnia (difficulty falling sleep), anxiety, nervousness, muscle spasms, and epilepsy.

Storage
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.


How To Use
  • APPEARANCE: Capsule, Tablet, Long Acting Tablet, Dissolving Tablet, Long Acting Capsule, Liquid. Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. You may take this medicine with or without food. Do not break, crush, or chew the extended-release capsule or extended-release tablet.
  • Swallow it whole with a full glass of water. Measure the oral liquid with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, medicine dropper, or medicine cup.
  • The medicine may be mixed with one-half glass of water, soft drink, or applesauce. If you are using the disintegrating tablet, make sure your hands are dry before you handle the tablet.
  • Do not open the blister pack that contains the tablet until you are ready to take it.
  • Remove the tablet from the blister pack by peeling back the foil, then taking the tablet out.
  • Do not push the tablet through the foil.
  • Place the tablet in your mouth.
  • It should melt quickly.
  • After the tablet has melted, swallow or take a drink of water.

Side Effects
  • Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects: Severe weakness, trouble standing Agitation, feelings of rage, hallucinations Uncontrolled body movements Yellow skin or eyes Unexplained fever, sore throat

Precautions
  • You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to any benzodiazepine medicine, such as Valium®, Librium®, and Halcion®.
  • Do not use if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can.
  • If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Drug Interactions
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or lung disease. This medicine may be habit-forming.
  • If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose.
  • Call your doctor for instructions. Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor.
  • You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely. This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

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