Doral Warnings and Precautions
There are numerous Doral warnings and precautions to be aware of, including important information that your healthcare provider should know about before you begin treatment. Prior to taking Doral, tell your healthcare provider if you have lung or breathing problems or depression. Doral warnings and precautions also include people who have sleep apnea or who are allergic to other benzodiazepines or any components of the drug.
- Lung problems or breathing problems, including sleep apnea
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse (see Doral and Alcohol)
- 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 other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Doral include the following:
- The medication can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which may be life threatening. This risk is increased when Doral is combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sedation (see Doral Drug Interactions). You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how the drug will affect you.
- Doral 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. Doral is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Doral Abuse).
- Elderly people are more sensitive to the effects of Doral and should be started with a low Doral dosage. The medication may increase the risk of falling, which is especially dangerous in elderly people (who often have weak or brittle bones).
- Doral can be dangerous in people with lung problems or breathing problems. Be sure to discuss any breathing or lung problems you have with your healthcare provider before taking Doral.
- If you have depression, Doral may make your depression symptoms worse. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely if this is the case.
- Doral 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 Doral and Pregnancy).
- Doral 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 Doral and Breastfeeding).