- chest pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling short of breath
- trouble breathing or swallowing; or
- feeling like you might pass out
- daytime drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, feeling "drugged" or light-headed;
- tired feeling, loss of coordination;
- dry mouth, nose or throat irritation;
- nausea, constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach;
- stuffy nose, sore throat; or
- headache, muscle pain.
- Nervous system side effects most frequently have included visual disturbances, ataxia, and dizziness. Headache, drugged feeling, confusion, anterograde amnesia, excessive sedation, lightheadedness, delirium, nightmares, hallucinations, nervousness, and agitation have also been reported.
- Alcohol abuse, or history of
- Drug abuse or dependence, history of—Dependence on this drug may develop.
- Diseases affecting metabolism or disease involving blood circulation—Caution should be used in patients with these medical problems.
- Emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, or other chronic lung disease
- Mental depression, history of or
- Mental illness, history of or
- Myasthenia gravis (severe muscle weakness) or
- Sleep apnea (temporary stopping of breathing during sleep)—use may make these conditions worse.
- Kidney disease or
- Liver disease—Use with caution. Higher blood levels of the use may result, increasing the chance of side effects.
Complex behaviors such as “sleep-driving” (i.e., driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sedative-hypnotic, with amnesia for the event) have been reported in sedative-hypnotic-naive as well as in sedative-hypnotic-experienced persons.
And, if you do decide to take this medication, for God's sake talk with your Doctor before you consider stopping because withdrawal symptoms after either abrupt cessation or fast tapering may occur. Withdrawal symptoms may include agitation, restlessness, anxiety, depression, insomnia, tremor, nausea, abdominal discomfort, and sweating.
It would do me no good, because I would lie in bed every night, looking at the ceiling pondering my certain doom waiting for the signs of chest pains, irregular heart beat, or trouble breathing. Of course, I am sure the stuffy nose, head ache, muscle pain, and dry mouth would also be an issue. And, I as I feared my oncoming demise, there would be no rest for the weary, for if I did succumb to sleep, I am sure I would be a victim of "sleep driving".