What Is Flurazepam Used For?
Flurazepam is used for the treatment of insomnia. It helps relieve symptoms by relaxing muscles, reducing anxiety, and causing sleepiness. For the most part, it is used only on a short-term basis and is rarely prescribed for long-term use. The drug has not been approved for children under age 15. Potential off-label flurazepam uses include the treatment of anxiety disorders.
What Is Flurazepam Used For? -- An OverviewFlurazepam (Dalmane®) is a prescription medication that is approved to treat insomnia. It is part of a group of medications called benzodiazepines.
What Is Insomnia?It is normal to have trouble sleeping from time to time. However, if you feel that you do not get enough sleep or cannot obtain satisfying sleep, you could possibly have a sleep disorder called insomnia.
Insomnia symptoms can include:
- Having trouble falling asleep
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Having non-refreshing sleep.
There are several different insomnia types, based on how long the symptoms last and how often they occur. These types can include:
- Acute insomnia (short-term)
- Chronic insomnia (long-term)
- Transient insomnia (insomnia that comes and goes).
Short-term insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. It is often caused by physical or emotional discomfort and can be related to a single specific event (see Insomnia Causes for more information). About 60 million Americans experience insomnia each year.
Flurazepam is approved to treat insomnia. Usually, most sleep medications (especially benzodiazepines) are recommended only for short-term use (a week or two). Taking them longer can lead to dependence and "rebound insomnia," which is insomnia caused by stopping a sleep medication. In general, flurazepam should be used as a short-term treatment, though there may be situations in which long-term treatment is also appropriate.