What is Doral?Doral is a sleep medication taken as a short-term treatment for insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia may include difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings throughout the night, or very early morning awakening.
What is the most important information I should know about Doral?Doral is potentially addictive. Over time, your body may get used to the prescribed dosage of Doral, and you will no longer derive any benefit from it. Use Doral only as prescribed.
After you stop taking Doral you may experience trouble sleeping, shakiness, sweating, stomach and muscle cramps.
Do not drive or engage in hazardous activities that require mental alertness or coordination after taking Doral until you feel fully awake.
Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or does not improve within 7 to 10 days of beginning treatment. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleeping problems.
Tell your doctor if you experience abnormal thinking, mood problems, behavior changes, anxiety or memory loss while taking this medication.
Who should not take Doral?Do not take Doral if you are sensitive to it, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it or a similar sleep medication.
You should not take Doral if you know or suspect that you have sleep apnea (short periods of interrupted breathing that occur during sleep).
You should not take Doral if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Doral?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Doral. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever abused or have been dependent on alcohol, prescription or street drugs. In addition, tell your doctor if you have a history of suicidal thoughts, depression, mental illness, or if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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 initial recommended dose of Doral is 15 milligrams (mg) daily. Your doctor may later reduce this dose to 7.5 mg. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of Doral and may require a lower dose.
The safety and efficacy of Doral in children less then 18 years of age has not been established.
How should I take Doral?Take Doral exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take Doral immediately before going to bed. Doral should not be taken with or immediately after a meal.
Follow up with your doctor; if you respond very well, it may be possible to cut your dosage in half after the first few nights. Elderly patients may benefit from a lower dose of Doral due to a possible heightened sensitivity to the drug.
Never increase or decrease the dosage of Doral on your own. Tell your doctor right away if the medication no longer seems to be working.
Do not take Doral unless you are able to stay in bed for a full night (7-8 hours) before you must be active again.
What should I avoid while taking Doral?Because Doral may decrease your daytime alertness, do not drive, operate dangerous machinery, or participate in hazardous activities until you know how the drug affects you. In some cases, Doral's sedative effect may last for several days after the last dose.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Doral because it can increase the drug's effects.
Do not suddenly stop taking Doral because you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Follow your doctor's advice on how to slowly decrease your intake of the drug.
Do not take Doral with other medications that can make you sleepy
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Doral?If Doral 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 Doral with the following: alcohol, alprazolam, carbamazepine, chlorpromazine, clozapine, diazepam, diphenhydramine, and phenytoin.
What are the possible side effects of Doral?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Doral.
Side effects may include: drowsiness, headache, dizziness, dry mouth, and upset stomach
In rare instances, Doral may cause abnormal thoughts and behavior, anxiety, memory loss, as well as getting out of bed while not fully awake and doing activities that you do not know you are doing (such as "sleep driving," talking on the phone, making and eating food, sleepwalking, and engaging in sexual activity). Call your doctor right away if you experience this or any other side effect that worries you while you are taking Doral.
Can I receive Doral if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Because Doral may cause harm to the unborn child, it should not be taken during pregnancy. If you want to have a baby, tell your doctor, and plan to discontinue taking Doral before getting pregnant. Babies whose mothers are taking Doral at the time of birth may experience withdrawal symptoms from the drug. Since Doral appears in breast milk, you should not take this medication if you are nursing.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Doral?This drug should be taken only if needed, at bedtime. If you miss a dose, skip it. Do not take an extra dose to make up for missed doses.
How should I store Doral?Store at room temperature.