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Temaze

Active Ingredients:temazepam

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 dose varies from person to person.

The usual starting dose is one 10 mg tablet each night. Your doctor may adjust this dose depending on how you respond to this medicine. This depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.

Elderly people over 65 years of age may need smaller doses.

How to take it

Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water.

When to take it

Take Temaze tablets one hour before going to bed.

Temaze can be taken with or without food.

How long to take Temaze for

Keep taking Temaze for as long as your doctor recommends.

Usually, Temaze should be 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 benzodiazepines may lead to dependence on the medicine.

If you forget to take it

If you forget to take Temaze before you go to bed and you wake up late in the night or early in the morning, do not take Temaze as you may have trouble waking in the morning.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.

This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.

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) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Temaze. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

You may need urgent medical attention.

If you have taken too much Temaze, you may feel drowsy, tired, confused, dizzy, have difficulty breathing, feel weak or become unconscious.

Things you must do

Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Temaze.

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

If you become pregnant while taking Temaze, 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 Temaze.

Visit your doctor regularly so they can check on your progress.

If you feel that Temaze is not helping your condition, tell your doctor.

Things you must not do

Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Temaze affects you.

Temaze may cause drowsiness or dizziness in some people. Even though you take Temaze at night, you may still be drowsy or dizzy the next day. Make sure you know how Temaze affects you before you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous. This is very important if you are taking other drugs that also make you drowsy.

Do not take Temaze for a longer time than your doctor has prescribed.

Temaze should be taken for short periods only (for example 2 to 4 weeks) unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

Do not stop taking Temaze, or change the dose, without checking with your doctor.

Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount of Temaze you are taking before stopping completely. This may help reduce the possibility of unwanted side effects.

If you suffer from epilepsy, do not suddenly stop taking Temaze.

Stopping this medicine suddenly may make your epilepsy worse.

Do not use Temaze to treat any other conditions unless your doctor tells you to.

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

Things to be careful of

Some sleep medicines may cause short-term memory loss. When this occurs, a person may not remember what has happened for several hours after taking the medicine. This is usually not a problem since most people fall asleep after taking the medicine. To reduce this risk, ensure that you are able to get a full night's sleep (7 to 8 hours) before you need to be active again.

Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking Temaze.

Combining Temaze and alcohol can make you more sleepy, dizzy or lightheaded, or increase the risk of sleep-walking and some other related sleep behaviours, which may include sleep-driving, making phone calls or preparing and eating food whilst asleep.

This risk is also increased if you take more than the recommended dose.

Your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink while you are taking Temaze.

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.

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