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It's important to review ProSom warnings and precautions before taking the medication. These include the danger of taking it when pregnant, potential drug interactions, and the risk of life-threatening side effects. Prior to beginning treatment, tell your healthcare provider if you have lung or breathing problems, a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or any allergies. ProSom warnings and precautions also extend to women who may be pregnant or are breastfeeding.
ProSom: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking ProSom® (estazolam) if you have:
- Lung problems or breathing problems
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
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 ProSom Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking ProSom include the following:
- The medication can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which may be life threatening. This risk is increased when ProSom is combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sedation (see ProSom Drug Interactions). You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how the medication will affect you.
- ProSom is a sedative-hypnotic. There have been reports of people driving, eating, or having other unusual behaviors when they are taking sedative-hypnotic medications.
- Insomnia can be a sign of other medical conditions. Your healthcare provider should make sure that your insomnia is not due to a treatable cause.
- ProSom 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. ProSom is generally not recommended for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see ProSom Abuse).
- Sometimes, people react to benzodiazepines (including ProSom) in a way that is 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 any of these effects while taking the drug.
- ProSom can be dangerous in people with lung problems or breathing problems. Be sure to discuss any such problems with your healthcare provider before taking ProSom.
- ProSom is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it is definitely not safe for use during pregnancy. Do not take the drug if you are pregnant (see ProSom and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if ProSom 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 ProSom and Breastfeeding).