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DALMANE 15MG CAPSULES
Active substance(s): FLURAZEPAM / FLURAZEPAM MONOHYDROCHLORIDE
Dalmane 15 mg and 30 mg Capsules
Flurazepam (as monohydrochloride)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as
• If you experience any side effect and this becomes serious, tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Dalmane is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Dalmane Capsules
3. How to take Dalmane Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dalmane Capsules
6. Further information
1. WHAT DALMANE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Dalmane belongs to a group of medicines known as benzodiazepines,
which are tranquillisers (medicines that have a calming effect).
Dalmane shortens the time taken to fall asleep and lengthens the
duration of sleep.
Dalmane Capsules are used for the short term treatment of
sleeplessness (also known as insomnia) when it is severe. It can help
overcome difficulties in getting to sleep and may help if you wake up
frequently in the middle of the night.
Dalmane Capsules help you to sleep but do not cure the underlying
cause of your insomnia, which you should discuss with your doctor.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE DALMANE CAPSULES
Do not take Dalmane if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to flurazepam or any of the other
ingredients of Dalmane Capsules (these are listed in section 6,
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to any medicine known as a
benzodiazepine (e.g. nitrazepam, diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, or
• suffer from lung disease.
• suffer from difficulty breathing while awake or asleep.
• suffer from myasthenia gravis (a condition in which the muscles
become weak and tire easily).
• are suffering from a psychiatric illness or a personality disorder
(severe mental problems).
• have a liver condition.
• suffer from porphyria.
• suffer from spinal and cerebellar ataxia.
Dalmane Capsules are not for use in anyone under 18 years of age.
Take special care with Dalmane
Tell your doctor before you take these capsules if you:
• have a long-term lung, liver or kidney condition.
• suffer from depression or have recently suffered the death of a
close friend or relative.
• regularly drink alcohol or abuse drugs. You must not drink
alcohol or use drugs while taking Dalmane.
• are pregnant or breast-feeding. Refer to section Pregnancy and
• are suffering or have suffered from a mental illness.
Dalmane capsules relax the muscles, therefore elderly patients should
take extra care when they get up at night as there is a risk of falls and
consequently of injuries including hip fractures.
Taking Dalmane with other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a
prescription. This is extremely important, as using more than one
medicine at the same time can strengthen or weaken the effect of the
medicines involved. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of
the following medicines:
• antidepressants, sleeping tablets, neuroleptics, hypnotics,
tranquillisers, or other such medicines that act on the brain and nerves.
• medicines used to relieve pain or anaesthetics.
• medicines for treating epilepsy (e.g. phenytoin
• medicines that affect the liver (e.g. the antibiotic
rifampicin and cimetidine, medicines used to treat
stomach problems); St. John’s Wort.
• anti-viral medicines (e. g. ritonavir)
• antihistamines (used for treating allergies) that
cause drowsiness (e.g. chlorphenamine).
• medicines to treat high blood pressure (e.g.
beta blockers, cardiac glycosides, moxonidine).
• theophylline or aminophylline; medicines which
make breathing easier.
• valerian, a herbal medicine.
as these medicines can potentiate the actions of benzodiazepines.
Taking Dalmane with food and drink
Do not drink alcohol for as long as you are taking Dalmane Capsules as
this will increase the effects of the medicine, and this can be dangerous.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell your doctor before taking Dalmane Capsules if you are pregnant, think
that you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant during treatment.
Your doctor will then decide whether you should take this medicine.
Tell your doctor before taking Dalmane Capsules if you are breastfeeding. Avoid taking Dalmane if you are breast-feeding as Dalmane
passes into breast-milk.
If your doctor has decided that you should receive this medicine
during late pregnancy or during labour, your baby might have a low
body temperature, floppiness and breathing and feeding difficulties.
Also, your unborn baby may be at risk of developing dependency to
this medicine and after birth may be at some risk of developing
Driving and using machines
Dalmane Capsules may cause side effects such as reduced alertness,
confusion, tiredness, dizziness, poor muscle co-ordination and double
This may affect your ability to drive and operate machinery. Do not
drive or operate machinery if you experience any of these side effects.
The medicine can affect your ability to drive. Do not drive while taking
this medicine until you know how it affects you.
It may be an offence to drive if your ability to drive safely is affected.
However, you would not be committing an offence if:
The medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical or dental problem and
• You have taken it according to the instructions given by the
prescriber or in the information provided with the medicine and
• It was not affecting your ability to drive safely
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is
safe for you to drive while taking this medicine.
There is further information for patients who are intending to drive in
Great Britain – go to https://www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law
Important information about some of the ingredients of Dalmane
Dalmane Capsules contain lactose. Therefore, if you have been told by
your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3. HOW TO TAKE DALMANE CAPSULES
Your doctor will find the lowest dose to control your symptoms. The
dose that your doctor prescribes will depend on the nature of your illness,
your reaction to the medicine, your age and bodyweight.
Always take Dalmane exactly as your doctor has told you. Do not change
the prescribed dose yourself. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure how to take this medicine. If you think that
the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong, talk to your doctor.
The usual starting dose is 15 mg which may be increased to a maximum
of 30 mg.
Take the medicine just before going to bed. Make sure that you can
sleep without interruptions for 7 to 8 hours after taking the capsules.
Swallow the capsule(s) whole with water or another non-alcoholic
Treatment will not normally be continued for more than four weeks.
This is because Dalmane Capsules may become less effective if you take
them for more than four weeks. If you think that your medicine is no
longer working, you must consult your doctor.
Also, you may become dependent on the capsules if you use them at
high doses and for long periods. Therefore, Dalmane Capsules are not
suitable for long-term use and after a few weeks it is worth trying to get
by without these capsules. This will help to prevent you becoming used
to Dalmane and reduce the risk of dependence. Discuss with your doctor
prior to stopping taking Dalmane. See section “When you stop taking
If you take more Dalmane than you should
If you take too many capsules or someone else accidentally takes your
medicine, contact your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital straight
If you forget to take Dalmane
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. Instead you
should simply continue with the next dose when it is due.
When you stop taking Dalmane
Your doctor will advise you when to stop taking the capsules. Do not
stop taking Dalmane capsules abruptly. You may experience withdrawal
effects if your treatment is stopped suddenly. This is less likely if your
dose is gradually reduced towards the end of your treatment.
Withdrawal symptoms may include:
• a recurrence of sleep problems
• extreme anxiety
• muscle pain
• mood changes
In severe cases the following symptoms may occur:
• changes in behaviour
• numbness and tingling
of the extremities
• over-sensitivity to light, noise and touch
If you have taken benzodiazepines for a long time, the reduction in your
dosage will be over a longer period of time than would normally be
required when you stop taking this medicine. You may need additional
help. Your doctor will be able to discuss this with you.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
• changes in the level of sexual desire
• inability to pass urine
• breathing difficulties, particularly at night
• increased liver enzymes.
The following side effects have also been
reported (Frequency unknown):
• blood disorders
• hallucinations, dependence, withdrawal
syndrome, rebound effect, depression
• paradoxical reactions (e.g. anxiety, sleep
disorders, insomnia, nightmares, restlessness,
agitation, irritability, aggression, delusion,
psychoses, abnormal behaviour, emotional
disturbances, suicide attempt, suicidal
• tremor, stiffness and slow movement.
If you are woken up soon after taking the medicine your memory may
be temporarily affected.
If you are an elderly patient, you may be more susceptible to side
effects. If this happens, tell your doctor and he/she may decide to
change your dose.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
Like all medicines, Dalmane can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
It is very important that you immediately seek medical advice
if you develop any of the following symptoms:
A severe allergic (anaphylaxis) or serious allergic reaction which causes
swelling of your face or throat (angioedema), difficulty breathing,
thoughts of selfharm, yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice),
abnormality in the blood (blood dyscrasias) with symptoms such as
weakness, pale skin, bleeding problems, sore throat and frequent infections.
Changes in behaviour can also occur rarely. These changes may include
aggression, excitement, confusion, restlessness, agitation, irritability,
rage, hallucinations, nightmares and depression. If these behavioural
symptoms occur, you must inform your doctor. He/she may
want you to stop taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you develop any of the
following side effects:
• drowsiness during the day
• a feeling of emptiness
• poor muscle co-ordination
• reduced alertness
• double vision
• bitter taste
• speech disorder
• muscle weakness
• loss of balance
These effects are likely to occur at the start of treatment and usually
disappear after a while.
• reduced blood pressure
• stomach upsets and nausea
• skin rashes
• problems with your vision (other than double vision)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE DALMANE CAPSULES
• Store Dalmane Capsules out of the sight and reach of children.
• Store Dalmane Capsules in a dry place below 25°C.
• Do not use Dalmane Capsules after the expiry date which is stated
on the blister and the outer carton after “EXP”. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
• Medicines must not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to protect the
What Dalmane contains
Active substance: Flurazepam (as monohydrochloride). Each capsule
contains the equivalent of 15 mg or 30 mg of
Other ingredients: Lactose, talc, magnesium stearate, gelatin and
colouring agents iron oxide black (E 172) and
titanium dioxide (E 171). In addition, the 15 mg
capsules contain the colouring agent iron oxide
yellow (E 172).
What Dalmane looks like and contents of the pack
• Dalmane 15 mg capsules are grey and yellow and are marked with
• Dalmane 30 mg capsules are black and grey and are marked with
• Both capsule strengths come in packs of 30 capsules.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Meda Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Skyway House, Parsonage Road, Takeley,
Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6PU, UK
Labiana Pharmaceuticals S.L.U., Casanova 27-31
08757-Corbera de Llobregat (Barcelona), Spain
For any information about this medicine, please contact the Marketing
This leaflet was last revised in April 2016.