CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Hypnodorm.
It does not contain all of the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Hypnodorm against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Hypnodorm is used for
Hypnodorm is used to treat severe cases of insomnia (trouble sleeping).
Hypnodorm belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. These medicines are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals.
In general, benzodiazepines such as Hypnodorm need only be taken for a few nights and then discontinued by gradually decreasing the dosage. Continuous long term use of Hypnodorm is not recommended. The use of benzodiazepines may lead to dependence on the medicine.
Your doctor may have prescribed Hypnodorm for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Hypnodorm has been prescribed for you.
Hypnodorm is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take Hypnodorm
When you must not take it
Do not take Hypnodorm if you are allergic to medicines containing flunitrazepam, any other benzodiazepine or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, wheezing or shortness of breath.
Do not take Hypnodorm if you have:
* severe and chronic lung disease
* myasthenia gravis, condition where there is severe muscle weakness
* sleep apnoea, condition where you temporarily stop breathing while you are asleep
* severe liver disease.
Do not take Hypnodorm if you are breastfeeding.
Hypnodorm passes into breast milk and may affect your baby.
Do not take Hypnodorm if the expiry date (Exp.) printed on the pack has passed.
Do not take Hypnodorm if the packaging shows signs of tampering or the tablets do not look quite right.
Do not give Hypnodorm to children.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking Hypnodorm during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you plan to breastfeed.
Hypnodorm passes into breast milk and is not recommended for use when breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor if you have, or have had, any medical conditions, especially the following:
* hypotension (low blood pressure)
* myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness)
* liver or kidney problems
* lung problems
* a blood disorder
* glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
* depression, psychosis or schizophrenia
* epilepsy (convulsions).
Your doctor may want to take special care if you have any of these conditions.
Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol regularly.
Alcohol may increase the effects of Hypnodorm and should be avoided while you are being treated with Hypnodorm.
Tell your doctor if you need to drive, operate dangerous machinery, or are involved in activities requiring concentration.
Hypnodorm may cause drowsiness or dizziness up until the next day.
Tell your doctor if you plan to have surgery.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Hypnodorm.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may be affected by Hypnodorm, or may affect how well it works. These in