Helps you relax during surgery or other medical procedure.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle, or into a vein.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Tell your doctor if you use anything else that makes you sleepy. Some examples are allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, and alcohol.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using antacid medicines, medicine for depression (such as amitriptyline, doxepin, nortriptyline, Elavil®, Pamelor®, or Sinequan®), or phenothiazines (such as Compazine®, Phenergan®, Serentil®, or Thorazine®). Tell your doctor about all other medicines you are using.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have lung disease such as emphysema, an overactive thyroid gland, an enlarged prostate gland, asthma, allergies, heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, or Parkinson's disease.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy, or cause blurred vision. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert or cannot see well.
- This medicine may make your eyes sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses if you go outside.
- This medicine may make you sweat less and cause your body to get too hot. Be careful in hot weather, especially if you are exercising or working.
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
- Fast heartbeat.
- Hallucinations (seeing things that aren't there).
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Dry mouth or dry skin.
- Increased thirst or difficulty in swallowing.
- Pain, itching, swelling, burning, or lump under your skin at the site of injection.
- Problems with walking.
- Tremors or restlessness.
- Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 12/4/2015
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