Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
How much to take
The dose of Serepax varies from patient to patient.
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day and when to take them. This depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.
How to take it
Swallow Serepax with a glass of water.
Serepax can be taken with or without food.
How long to take it
Take Serepax only for as longer as your doctor recommends.
Serepax is usually used for short periods only (such as 2 to 4 weeks). Continuous long term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor. The use of benzodiazepines may lead to dependence on the medicine.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are unsure about whether to take your next dose, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Serepax. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much Serepax you may feel drowsy, confused, tired, dizzy, have difficulty breathing, feel weak or become unconscious.
Things you must do
Take Serepax exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Serepax.
If you become pregnant while you are taking Serepax, tell your doctor immediately.
Visit your doctor regularly so they can check on your progress.Your doctor will check your condition to see whether you should continue to take Serepax.
Tell your doctor if you feel Serepax is not helping your condition.
If you have to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking Serepax.Serepax may affect the results of some tests.
Keep enough Serepax to last weekends and holidays.
Things you must not do
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Serepax affects you.
Serepax may cause drowsiness or dizziness in some people. If any of these occur, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Do not take Serepax for a longer time than your doctor has prescribed.
Do not stop taking Serepax or change the dose, without first checking with your doctor.
Stopping Serepax suddenly may cause some unwanted effects. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount of Serepax you are taking before stopping completely. This may help reduce the possibility of unwanted side effects.
Do not use Serepax to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give Serepax to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Things to be careful of
Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking Serepax.
Combining Serepax and alcohol can make you more sleepy, dizzy or lightheaded.
Your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink while you are taking Serepax.
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.