Dalmane Warnings and Precautions
To ensure a safe treatment process with Dalmane, warnings and precautions should be reviewed. For example, conditions that you should tell your healthcare provider about prior to taking it include depression, lung problems, or breathing problems. Dalmane warnings and precautions also include the safety of taking the drug while pregnant, the risk of psychological and physical dependence, and people who shouldn't take it at all.
Dalmane: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Dalmane® (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
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 Dalmane Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Dalmane include the following:
- Dalmane 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. Dalmane is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Dalmane Abuse).
- The medication can cause psychological and physical dependence, and is often abused. The risk of abuse and dependence is greater for those taking higher Dalmane doses for long periods of time.
- Dalmane can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which may be life threatening. This risk is increased when Dalmane is combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sedation (see Dalmane Drug Interactions). 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 Dalmane 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 Dalmane 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 during treatment.
- Dalmane can be dangerous in people with lung problems or breathing problems. Before you take Dalmane, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have any breathing or lung problems.
- If you have depression, Dalmane may make your depression symptoms worse. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely in this case.
- Dalmane 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 Dalmane and Pregnancy).
- Dalmane 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).