Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the pack, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
How much to take
The usual dose is one tablet (7.5 mg) just before you go to bed.
Elderly people and people with liver problems may need smaller doses.
Your doctor may advise you to take a different dose. This depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.
How to take it
Swallow the tablet with a glass of water.
Imrest tablets can be broken in half along the breakline if your doctor has prescribed half a tablet.
When to take it
Imrest should be taken when you go to bed. Only take Imrest if you feel you will need help sleeping.
Imrest can be taken with or without food.
How long to take it for
Keep taking Imrest for as long as your doctor tells you to.
Usually, Imrest is taken for short periods only (for example 2 to 4 weeks). Continuous long-term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor. The use of Imrest long-term may lead to dependence on the medicine.
If you forget to take it
If you forget to take Imrest before you go to bed and you wake up late in the night or early in the morning, do not take Imrest as you may have trouble waking in the morning or experience morning drowsiness.
Take the next dose the following night when you are meant to.
If you are not sure what to do or have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Imrest. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
If you take too much Imrest, you may feel drowsy, lack energy and coordination and feel unsteady when walking.
Things you must do
Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Imrest.
Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Imrest.
Tell your doctor if you think Imrest is not helping you to sleep.
If you become pregnant while taking Imrest, tell your doctor.
If you plan to have surgery (that needs a general anaesthetic), including dental surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Imrest.
Things you must not do
Do not take Imrest for a longer time than your doctor has prescribed.
Imrest should be taken for short periods only (for example 2 to 4 weeks) unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
Do not stop taking Imrest, or change the dose, without checking with your doctor.
Stopping Imrest suddenly may cause some unwanted effects such as anxiety, tremor, sweating, headache, confusion and palpitations. For patients on prolonged treatment, insomnia may recur if Imrest treatment is stopped abruptly. Your doctor will gradually reduce the amount of Imrest you are taking before stopping completely.
Do not suddenly stop taking Imrest if you suffer from epilepsy.
Stopping this medicine suddenly may make your epilepsy worse.
Do not use Imrest to treat any other conditions unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give Imrest to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Imrest affects you.
Imrest may cause drowsiness or loss of coordination in some people. Even though you take Imrest at night, you may still be affected the next day. Make sure you know how Imrest affects you before you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking Imrest.
Your tolerance for alcohol may be lower than usual when taking Imrest. Combining Imrest and alcohol may cause unwanted side effects. Your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink while you are taking Imrest.
Be careful if you are elderly, unwell or taking other medicines.
Some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and unsteadiness, which may increase the risk of a fall.