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What should I know about flurazepam before taking it?

Before taking flurazepam, you should know that it can be habit-forming. Take flurazepam only under your doctor's care and follow his instructions exactly. Do not stop taking flurazepam without first talking to your doctor. Flurazepam can cause withdrawal symptoms including insomnia, shakiness, seizures, sadness, muscle and stomach cramps, sweating, and vomiting. Flurazepam is not recommended for those with a history of alcohol or drug abuse. You should not take flurazepam if you are allergic to flurazepam or to any of its ingredients. You should not take flurazepam if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breast-feeding. If you must have surgery, no matter how minor, while taking   flurazepam, tell the surgeon or dentist that you are taking flurazepam. Flurazepam can interact with a number of drugs including: antipsychotic medications, barbiturates, other benzodiazepines, narcotics, other sleep medications, seizure medications, protease inhibitors, antibiotics or anti-fungals, antihistamines, digoxin, clozapine, cimetidine, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants. You should not drink alcohol while taking flurazepam. Using tobacco with flurazepam can lower its effectiveness. Do not drive or operate tools or machinery until you know how flurazepam will affect you. If you have ever suffered from mental illness, sleep apnea, lung, kidney, or liver disease, tell your doctor before taking   flurazepam. Some people who have used medications like flurazepam for sleep have been known to get out of bed and perform activities such as driving, cooking, or talking on the phone while still asleep. These people later reported having no memory of activities performed after taking flurazepam. If you are taking flurazepam and you find out that you are performing activities like driving or cooking while asleep, talk to your doctor right away.

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