Dalmane uses are primarily concerned with the treatment of insomnia. People with insomnia may have trouble falling asleep, wake up too early in the morning, and have non-refreshing sleep. Dalmane can help relieve these symptoms by relaxing muscles, reducing anxiety, and causing sleepiness. On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend "off-label" Dalmane uses (such as the treatment of anxiety disorders).
Dalmane Uses: An OverviewDalmane® (flurazepam) 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 regularly 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 types of insomnia, which are often based on how long the insomnia lasts and how often it occurs. These insomnia types can include:
- Acute (short-term) insomnia
- Chronic (long-term) insomnia
- Transient insomnia (or 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). About 60 million Americans experience insomnia each year.
Dalmane is approved to treat insomnia. Usually, most sleep medications (especially benzodiazepines) are recommended only for short-term use (only for 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, Dalmane should be used as a short-term treatment, although there may be situations in which long-term treatment is also appropriate.