A benzodiazepine that probably acts on the limbic
system, thalamus and hypothalamus of the central nervous system to produce
and Use: Indicated
for the short-term (7 to 10 days) treatment of insomnia.
Warnings and Precautions:
fetal damage when administered during pregnancy.
Some behavioral changes have been reported to occur in association with
the use of central nervous system drugs such as benzodiazepines. Some of these changes may be characterized by decreased
inhibitions such as aggressiveness, extroversion, bizarre behavior, agitation,
hallucinations, depersonalization and worsening of depression.
Use cautiously in the elderly. Do
not use with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants.
Use cautiously in depressed patients.
Withdrawal symptoms have occurred following abrupt discontinuation of
benzodiazepines. As with other
benzodiazepines, caution must be used in persons known to be addiction-prone or
persons whose history suggests a likelihood they might increase the dose on
their own initiative.
Possible side effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, lethargy,
disturbed coordination, confusion, nightmares, euphoria, weakness, headache,
nervousness, anxiety, depression, blurred vision, diarrhea, nausea and dry
Usual adult dose is 15mg before bedtime.
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