What is Dalmane?Dalmane is a hypnotic agent used to treat insomnia, which includes difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently at night, or waking up too early in the morning. Dalmane is also used to treat patients who have medical conditions requiring restful sleep.
What is the most important information I should know about Dalmane?After taking this medication you may sleepwalk and not remember what you did while you were sleepwalking. Some reported activities include driving a car, making and eating food, talking on the phone, and sex. The chances of you sleepwalking are higher if you drink alcohol or take other sedative-hypnotic medications.
The failure of insomnia to lessen after 7-10 days of treatment may indicate the presence of a primary psychiatric and/or medical illness that should be evaluated.
Tolerance and dependence may occur with the use of Dalmane. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using Dalmane abruptly. Discontinue or change your dose only in consultation with your doctor.
Who should not take Dalmane?Do not take Dalmane if you are pregnant, under the age of 15, or if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Elderly patients should use caution, since Dalmane may lead to oversedation, dizziness, and confusion.
Do not take this medication if you cannot get a full night's sleep. Do not take this medication if you take other medication that makes you sleepy.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Dalmane?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Dalmane. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have chronic breathing problems, liver or kidney problems, or if you are depressed or have suicidal thoughts. Advise your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or you are planning to become pregnant.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dosage is 30 milligrams (mg) taken before bedtime. In some patients, 15 mg may be sufficient.
How should I take Dalmane?Take Dalmane exactly as prescribed. Do not take more than prescribed.
Take the medication right before you get in bed, not sooner. If you forget to take Dalmane before bed and you are unable to fall asleep, only take it if you will be able to stay in bed for a full night's sleep.
What should I avoid while taking Dalmane?Avoid driving or participating in hazardous activities after taking Dalmane.
Avoid other sedatives, such as alcohol or sleep aids, while taking Dalmane.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Dalmane?Alcohol intensifies the effects of Dalmane. Do not drink alcohol while taking Dalmane or until several days after discontinuing it.
If Dalmane is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Dalmane with drugs that slow or depress the central nervous system or that have hypnotic properties. Tell your doctor about all medicines you are taking or plan to take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, nutritional supplements, and herbs.
What are the possible side effects of Dalmane?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, staggering, falling, sedation, lethargy, disorientation, headache, heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, nervousness, talkativeness, apprehension, irritability, weakness, palpitations, chest pains, body and joint pain, genital and urinary pain
Withdrawal symptoms may include: convulsions, tremor, abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting and sweating
Can I receive Dalmane if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Dalmane if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Dalmane should be discontinued prior to becoming pregnant. Consult with your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Dalmane?If you forget to take the medication right before bed, you should only take it if you are unable to sleep and you are going to get a full night's rest. Do not take two doses at the same time.
How should I store Dalmane?Store at room temperature.