What STILNOX is used for
STILNOX is used to initiate and maintain sleep in those with sleeping difficulties, also called insomnia. It is not recommended for use for more than 4 weeks at a time.
STILNOX has a different chemical structure to other sleeping tablets. STILNOX works by binding to special sites in the brain which produce sleep.
Your doctor, however, may prescribe STILNOX for another purpose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
Before you take it
When you must not take it
Do not take STILNOX if you have:
- been drinking alcohol or you believe that you may have alcohol in your bloodstream
- sleep apnoea (a condition where you temporarily stop breathing while you sleep)
- myasthenia gravis (a condition in which the muscles become weak and tire easily)
- severe liver problems
- acute and/or severe lung problems
Do not take STILNOX if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, itching, shortness of breath or swelling of the face, lips or tongue, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
Do not give STILNOX to a child or adolescent. There is no experience with its use in children or adolescents under 18 years of age.
Do not take it if you are pregnant, suspect that you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. It may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking it if you are pregnant.
Do not take it if you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. STILNOX passes into breast milk and there is a possibility your baby may be affected. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using it if you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
Do not take it after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack. If you take it after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well. benefits of taking it if you are pregnant.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. STILNOX can pass into breast milk. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using it if you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
Tell your doctor if you have any problems with your breathing or if you often snore while you are asleep.
Tell your doctor if you have ever been addicted to alcohol or any drug or me
Do not take it if the packaging is damaged or shows signs of tampering.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, suspect that you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Like most medicines of this kind, STILNOX is not recommended to be used during pregnancy. Your doctor will discuss the risks anddicine or if you have ever suffered from a mental illness. If you have, you may be at risk of getting into a regular pattern or habit of taking STILNOX.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
- problems with your heart, liver, kidneys or lungs
- mental illness, for example, schizophrenia
Tell your doctor if you plan to have surgery.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take STILNOX.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food store.
Some medicines may interfere with STILNOX. These include:
- medicines to treat depression, anxiety and mental illness
- medicines to treat epilepsy
- pain relievers
- muscle relaxants
- St John’s Wort (also known as Hypericum), a herbal remedy used to treat depression
- medicines to treat infections, such as rifampicin or ciprofloxacin
- ketoconazole, a medicine to treat antifungal infections
These medicines may be affected by STILNOX, or may affect how well it works, i.e. by increasing drowsiness. This may affect your ability to drive a car or operate dangerous machinery. You may need to use different amounts of your medicine, or take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or to avoid while taking STILNOX.
How to take it
How much to take
STILNOX 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. It should be taken in one dose and not be re-administered during the same night.
The usual adult dose of STILNOX is one tablet (10 mg).
If you are over 65 years of age the dose is half a STILNOX tablet (5 mg).
If you have a liver problem, the usual recommended dose is half a STILNOX tablet (5 mg).
Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose. The lowest effective daily dose should be used and must not exceed 10 mg.
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, STILNOX may not work as well. If you take too much your consciousness may be impaired (see ‘Overdose’ below).
STILNOX 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 STILNOX immediately before you go to bed or while you are in bed. It helps put you to sleep quite quickly. If you take STILNOX 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, STILNOX or any other medicines to treat sleeping disorders should only be used for short periods (e.g. 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 STILNOX.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much STILNOX, your consciousness may be impaired, ranging from drowsiness to light coma.