Before Using This Medicine
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to estazolam or to other
benzodiazepines, such as:
- alprazolam (Xanax®)
- chlordiazepoxide (Librium®)
- clorazepate (Tranxene®)
- diazepam (Valium®)
- lorazepam (Ativan®)
- temazepam (Restoril®)
- triazolam (Halcion®)
This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby, or withdrawal
symptoms in a newborn. Do not use flurazepam if you are pregnant.
Before taking flurazepam, tell your doctor if you have any:
- breathing problems
- kidney or liver disease
- myasthenia gravis
- a history of depression
- suicidal thoughts
- addiction to drugs or alcohol
Take flurazepam only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You
may fall asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Do not drink alcohol while taking flurazepam. It can increase some of
the side effects, and could possibly cause a fatal overdose.
Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy. They can add to
sleepiness caused by flurazepam.
Flurazepam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was
prescribed for. Flurazepam should never be given to another person, especially
someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a
secure place where others cannot get to it.
Flurazepam should be used for only a short time to treat insomnia. After 7 to 10
nights of use, talk with your doctor about whether or not you should keep taking