Dalmane. Drug and Patient Information. Dosage. Overdose. Generic or Brand Dalmane. For Professionals and Consumers.
Brand name: Dalmane
Generic name: Flurazepam
Dalmane sleeping pills
Dalmane is used for the short-term treatment of patients with trouble sleeping (insomnia). It is generally used for 7-10 days. It may help you fall asleep faster and decrease the number of times you awaken during the night. It may also help you sleep for a longer period of time. Dalmane belongs to a class of medications called sedative/hypnotics. It acts on your brain to produce a calming effect.
Dalmane Sleeping Pills or also generically known as Flurazepam is a drug used as a short-term treatment to insomnia or those people who are having a hard time getting sleep. Unlike other sleeping pills, Dalmane has been found to have a very long half-life. It could stay within a patient’s body for up to four days. Because of this, Dalmane is not recommended for other people who may be living quite a busy life unless they are totally free of any other activities for a few days. After taking Dalmane, it is still normal to have its sedation in full effect even a day after taking it.
Dalmane takes around 30 minutes to an hour to take effect after oral administration. Yes, it takes a bit longer than any other sleeping pills and its effect takes a lot longer too.
How To Use Dalmane sleeping pills
Take Dalmane by mouth, with or without food, usually once nightly, 30 minutes before bedtime; or take as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Although unlikely, Dalmane can infrequently cause temporary memory loss. To avoid this effect, do not take a dose of Dalmane unless you have time for a full night’s sleep that lasts at least 7-8 hours. For example, do not take Dalmane during an overnight plane flight of less than 8 hours.
Dalmane may cause dependence, especially if it has been used regularly for an extended period of time, or if it has been used in high doses. In such cases, if you suddenly stop this drug, withdrawal reactions may occur. Such reactions can include unusual depressed/anxious mood, stomach/muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, or shakiness. Seizures may also occur. Report to your doctor immediately any such reactions. When stopping extended, regular treatment with Dalmane, gradually reducing the dosage as directed will help prevent withdrawal reactions. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Although it is very unlikely to occur, Dalmane can also result in abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction/habit forming). Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed. Properly stop Dalmane when so directed. This will lessen the chances of becoming addicted.
When used for an extended period, Dalmane may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if Dalmane stops working well.
You may experience trouble sleeping the first few nights after you stop taking Dalmane. This is called rebound insomnia and it is normal. It will usually go away after 1-2 nights. If this effect continues, contact your doctor.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 7-10 days.
If an overdose of Dalmane is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include: slow breathing, slurred speech, or a deep sleep from which you cannot be awakened.
Missed Dose of Dalmane sleeping pills
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember if it is still near bedtime. If it is already the next day, resume your usual dosing schedule that night at bedtime. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Do not share Dalmane with others. It is against the law.
Dalmane has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another condition unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., liver and kidney function tests, blood count) may be performed periodically to check for side effects if you use this drug for an extended period of time. Consult your doctor for more details.
If you require treatment for more than 7-10 days, laboratory and/or medical tests should be performed to find the cause of your sleep problem. Consult with your doctor for more details.
As you get older, your sleep pattern may naturally change and your sleep may be interrupted several times during the night. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for ways to improve your sleep without medication, such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime, avoiding daytime naps, and avoiding going to bed too early each night.
Storage of Dalmane sleeping pills
Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard your Dalmane when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Dalmane Side Effects
Dizziness, loss of coordination, or blurred vision may occur. To minimize falls, remember to get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Dalmane may make you sleepy during the day. Tell your doctor if you have daytime drowsiness. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Dalmane because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Dalmane do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
unusual feelings of well-being (euphoria)
uncontrolled movements (tremor)
mental/mood changes (e.g., hallucinations, agitation, anxiety, unusual/disturbing thoughts, depression, rare thoughts of suicide)
increased or vivid dreams
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:
signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)
yellowing of the eyes/skin
Rarely, after taking Dalmane, people have gotten out of bed and driven vehicles while not fully awake (“sleep-driving”). People have also sleepwalked, prepared/eaten food, made phone calls, or had sex while not fully awake. Often, these people do not remember these events. If you discover that you have experienced any of these events, tell your doctor immediately.
A very serious allergic reaction to Dalmane is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:
itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
Dalmane should not be used with the following medication because very serious interactions may occur:
If you are currently using Dalmane listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting Dalmane.
Before using Dalmane, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:
certain SSRI antidepressants (fluoxetine, fluvoxamine)
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as:
antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine)
anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam)
anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine)
other medicines for sleep (e.g., zolpidem)
narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine)
psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine, or tricyclics such as amitriptyline)