Precautions and Warnings With Flurazepam
You should understand precautions and warnings with flurazepam before taking the medication. For example, the drug is a controlled substance and may cause physical and psychological dependence in some people. Also, flurazepam is definitely not safe to take during pregnancy. Precautions and warnings with flurazepam also extend to people who have depression or a history of lung or breathing problems.
Flurazepam: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking flurazepam (Dalmane®) 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
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.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With FlurazepamWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking flurazepam include the following:
- Flurazepam is a controlled substance, which means that it has the potential to be abused. There are special rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing it. The medication is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Dalmane Abuse).
- Flurazepam can cause psychological and physical dependence, and is often abused. The risk of abuse and dependence is greater for those taking higher flurazepam doses for long periods of time.
- The medication can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which may be life threatening. This risk is increased when flurazepam is combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sedation (see Drug Interactions With Flurazepam). You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how the drug will affect you.
- Elderly people are more sensitive to the effects of flurazepam and should be started with a low dosage. The medication may increase the risk of falling, which is especially dangerous in elderly people (who often have weak or brittle bones).
- Sometimes, people react to flurazepam in a way that is the opposite of what is usually expected. That is, they may become agitated, aggressive, and restless, and may have difficulty sleeping. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience these effects while taking the drug.
- Flurazepam can be dangerous in people with lung problems or breathing problems. Before you take the medication, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have any of these problems.
- If you have depression, flurazepam may make your depression symptoms worse. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely in this case.
- Flurazepam is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it is definitely not safe for use during pregnancy. Do not take the medication if you are pregnant (see Dalmane and Pregnancy).
- Flurazepam passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Dalmane and Breastfeeding).