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Active Ingredients:zolpidem tartrate

How much to take

DORMIZOL should only be taken when you are able to get a full night's sleep (7 to 8 hours) before you need to be active again.

The usual adult dose of DORMIZOL is one tablet (10 mg).

If you are over 65 years of age the dose is half a DORMIZOL tablet (5 mg).

If you have a liver problem, the usual recommended dose is half a DORMIZOL tablet (5 mg). If necessary, this can be increased to 10 mg.

Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose.

Ask your doctor if you are unsure of the correct dose for you.

They will tell you exactly how much to take.

Follow the instructions they give you.

If you take the wrong dose, DORMIZOL may not work as well. If you take too much your conciousness may be impaired (see 'Overdose' below).

DORMIZOL should not be given to children or adolescents less than 18 years of age.

How to take it

Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water, unless your doctor has told you take half a tablet.

When to take it

Take DORMIZOL immediately before you go to bed.

It helps put you to sleep quite quickly. If you take DORMIZOL on an empty stomach it may work more quickly.

If you are not sure when to take it ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How long to take it

Usually, DORMIZOL or any other medicines to treat sleeping disorders should only be used for short periods (eg 2 to 4 weeks). Continuous long term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how long to take the medicine for.

If you forget to take it

If you forget to take the tablet before you go to bed, and you wake up late in the night or very early in the morning, do not take it.

You may have trouble waking at your normal time.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone Australia 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much DORMIZOL.

Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

You may need urgent medical attention.

If you take too much DORMIZOL, your consciousness may be impaired, ranging from drowsiness to light coma.

Things you must do

Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking DORMIZOL.

If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking DORMIZOL.

If you plan to have surgery that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine.

If you become pregnant while you are taking this medicine, stop taking it and tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Things you must not do

Do not take more than the recommended dose unless your doctor tells you to.

This can increase the risk of side effects.

Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not use this medicine to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not drink alcohol before or after taking this medicine.

This can increase the risk of side effects.

Things to be careful of

Because DORMIZOL will make you sleepy, you should not operate dangerous machinery or drive motor vehicles for 8 hours after you take it. You should also be careful the next morning when you wake up.

Make sure you know how you react to DORMIZOL before you drive a car or operate machinery. This is very important if you are taking other drugs that also make you drowsy.

Be careful if you are over 65 and unwell or taking other medicines.

You may be more sensitive to some of the side effects of DORMIZOL.

Some patients may be particularly susceptible to the sedative effects of the medication, which may increase the possibility of a fall.

You should not drink alcohol while you are taking DORMIZOL.

The effects of alcohol could be made worse while taking DORMIZOL.

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