What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking flurazepam if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse (see Dalmane and Alcohol)
- Lung problems or breathing problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Dalmane and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Dalmane and Breastfeeding).
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Flurazepam to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does It Work?Flurazepam is one of a group of medications known as benzodiazepines (sometimes called "benzos" for short). Benzodiazepines have a variety of different effects on the body, including:
All benzodiazepine medications can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific medication and the dose. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why flurazepam and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).