Estazolam

Generic Name: Estazolam

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Estazolam is a medicine used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, specifically for people who have trouble falling asleep, wake up often during the night, or wake up early in the morning.

    Estazolam is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Estazolam works by slowing down your brain activity, thereby producing a calming effect.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Estazolam may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.

    When: For most patients, estazolam acts quickly and therefore should be taken right before you get into bed and only if you are able to get a full night's sleep. It is important that you take estazolam exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed. If your insomnia gets worse or is not better within 7 to 10 days, call your healthcare provider as this may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problems.

    How do I know it is working?

    If you are able to fall asleep faster than you normally would and do not wake up as often during the night, estazolam is likely working effectively. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to assess your sleep pattern.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: drowsiness, abnormally decreased muscle movements, dizziness, problems with coordination.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Mental and physical dependence can occur. Keep estazolam in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.

    Abnormal thoughts and behavior with symptoms such as being more outgoing than usual, increased aggressiveness, confusion, memory loss, agitation, hallucinations, anxiety, worsening of your depression, or suicidal thoughts or actions.

    Getting up out of bed while not being fully awake and engaging in activities that you do not know you are doing (such as driving a car ["sleep driving"], making and eating food, talking on the phone, having sex, or sleep-walking).

    Symptoms such as seizures, stomach cramps, vomiting, and sweating can occur if you suddenly stop taking estazolam or decrease your dose. Do not stop taking estazolam or change the dose without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Serious allergic reactions with symptoms such as swelling of your tongue or throat, trouble breathing or swallowing, or nausea and vomiting.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take estazolam if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take estazolam if you are pregnant.

    Do not take estazolam in combination with ketoconazole and itraconazole.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with estazolam. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction; a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts; kidney or liver problems; lung disease or breathing problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The recommended starting dose is 1 milligram at bedtime.

    Your healthcare provider may increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    If you are elderly or have certain other conditions, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

    It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take estazolam exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking estazolam without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Take estazolam right before you get into bed and only if you are able to get a full night's sleep before you must be active again.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking estazolam.

    Do not drive a car, operate machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how estazolam affects you.

    Do not become pregnant or breastfeed while you are taking estazolam.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If estazolam is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Estazolam may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take estazolam during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    Estazolam should be taken under special circumstances determined by your healthcare provider. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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