What is Prosom?
Prosom is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). This medicine affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced and cause sleep problems (insomnia).
Prosom is used to treat insomnia symptoms, such as trouble falling or staying asleep.
Prosom may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not use Prosom if you are pregnant. Prosom can cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.
Prosom may be habit-forming. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Prosom if you are allergic to it, or:
- if you are pregnant; or
- if you are also using itraconazole or ketoconazole.
To make sure Prosom is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, or other breathing disorder;
- liver or kidney disease;
- drug or alcohol addiction;
- depression or mental illness;
- a history of suicidal thoughts or actions; or
- if you use a narcotic (opioid) medication.
Prosom can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine.
If you use Prosom while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether estazolam passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Prosom is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take Prosom?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take Prosom in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Prosom may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Take Prosom only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You may fall asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 to 10 nights of treatment. Do not take Prosom for longer than 12 weeks without your doctor’s advice.
Your insomnia symptoms may return when you stop using Prosom after using it over a long period of time. You may also have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. You should not stop using this medicine suddenly. Follow your doctor’s instructions about tapering your dose.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Prosom is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.