Generic Name: Flurazepam (flure AZ e pam)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 29, 2020.
- This medicine is a benzodiazepine. The use of a benzodiazepine drug along with opioid drugs has led to very bad side effects. Side effects that have happened include slowed or trouble breathing and death. Opioid drugs include drugs like codeine, oxycodone, and morphine. Opioid drugs are used to treat pain and some are used to treat cough. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are taking flurazepam with an opioid drug, get medical help right away if you feel very sleepy or dizzy; if you have slow, shallow, or trouble breathing; or if you pass out. Caregivers or others need to get medical help right away if the patient does not respond, does not answer or react like normal, or will not wake up.
Uses of Flurazepam:
- It is used to treat sleep problems.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Flurazepam?
- If you have an allergy to flurazepam or any other part of flurazepam.
- If you are allergic to flurazepam; any part of flurazepam; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are taking any other drugs that can make you sleepy. There are many drugs that can do this. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with flurazepam.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take flurazepam with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Flurazepam?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take flurazepam. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may be habit-forming. Use flurazepam as you were told by your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
- When sleep drugs are used nightly for more than a few weeks, they may not work as well to help sleep problems. This is known as tolerance. Only use sleep drugs for a short time. If sleep problems last, call the doctor.
- If you have been taking flurazepam on a regular basis and you stop it all of a sudden, you may have signs of withdrawal. Do not stop taking flurazepam all of a sudden without calling your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have any bad effects.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert after you take flurazepam. You may still feel sleepy the day after you take flurazepam. Avoid these tasks or actions until you feel fully awake.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
- Some people have done certain tasks or actions while they were not fully awake like driving, making and eating food, and having sex. Most of the time, people do not remember doing these things. Tell your doctor if this happens to you.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking flurazepam.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- If you are 65 or older, use flurazepam with care. You could have more side effects.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking flurazepam, call your doctor right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Flurazepam) best taken?
Use flurazepam as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take flurazepam at bedtime.
- Take flurazepam right before you get into bed.
- Do not take flurazepam unless you can get a full night's sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours) before you need to be active again.
- Use flurazepam only for short periods of time (7 to 10 days).
- If you still have trouble sleeping after 7 to 10 days, call your doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you take flurazepam on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If you will not be able to get a full night's sleep (at least 7 hours) after taking the missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times flurazepam is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of depression, thoughts of suicide, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Memory problems or loss.
- Very bad dizziness.
- Change in balance.
- Feeling confused.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Change in how you act.
- Chest pain.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- A very bad reaction called angioedema has happened with flurazepam. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. Signs may include swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or unusual hoarseness. Get medical help right away if you have any of these signs.
What are some other side effects of Flurazepam?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy the next day.
- Stomach pain or heartburn.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Feeling tired or weak.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Flurazepam?
- Store at room temperature.
- Keep lid tightly closed.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time flurazepam is refilled. If you have any questions about flurazepam, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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