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Stilnox may only be used in severe insomnia and for a short time, generally 7 to 10 days. Treatment should not exceed 4 weeks. If, as an exception, the doctor should plan a longer-term therapy, he or she will inform you about the continuation of the treatment, as such continuation requires regular medical checks.

In addition, the following rules for sleep hygiene must be observed:

  • limit the time spent in bed; 8 hours are enough
  • do not sleep during the day,
  • adhere to regular sleeping and getting up times,
  • do not take stimulating drinks such as tea or coffee,
  • drink little alcohol.

When should Stilnox not be used?

Stilnox is not intended for long-term use. Treatment with Stilnox should be as short as possible, as the risk of dependence increases with the duration of treatment.

Stilnox should not be used in the following cases:

Sleep apnea syndrome (disorders of breathing regulation with nocturnal respiratory arrest), severe respiratory failure, pronounced muscle fatigue (myasthenia gravis), severe liver failure (severe liver dysfunction), allergy to a substance contained in Stilnox, lactose intolerance.

You must not use Stilnox if you have been sleepwalking in the past after taking Stilnox or if you have shown similar unusual behavior and carried out activities while not fully awake (e.g. driving a car, eating, talking on the phone or having sexual intercourse).

When should you take caution when taking / using Stilnox?

Although there is no chemical relationship to benzodiazepines, the mechanism of action of Stilnox is very similar to that of these substances. Therefore, reference is made to the following:

Addiction risk

As with all sleeping pills, the use of Stilnox can lead to dependence. The risk of developing addiction is increased with prolonged use of Stilnox and in people who have already suffered from psychiatric disorders, alcohol addiction or toxicomania. If you suddenly stop taking medication, withdrawal symptoms can occur, e.g. restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, headaches and sweating. These signs generally go away after two to three weeks.

In order to keep the risk of dependency as low as possible, the following recommendations should be observed:

Only take Stilnox on a doctor's prescription (never on the advice of a third party!) And never pass it on to another person.

Do not exceed the prescribed dose. Tell your doctor if you want to stop taking the drug.

Long-term use (generally longer than four weeks) may only take place under close medical supervision.

The treatment of elderly people with Stilnox requires their close monitoring by the doctor.

Certain diseases (respiratory, liver, kidney insufficiency) require an adjustment of the dose. Such diseases can increase the effects and also the side effects of this drug.

Children and adolescents: The preparation should not be given to children under 18 years of age, as there is only limited clinical experience for this age group.

Vehicle drivers and machine operators must be made aware of the possible risk of drowsiness. To avoid this risk, a full night of sleep (7-8 hours) is recommended.

If an undesirable effect occurs in the course of treatment, the attending physician must be informed.

Stilnox must not be taken with alcohol because alcohol can increase the effects of the medication.

Whether or not you have depression, taking Stilnox can increase your risk of suicide.

Other sedatives such as antidepressants, sedatives, other sleeping pills, drugs for epilepsy and pain relievers (e.g. opiates) can significantly increase the effect of Stilnox. If you suffer from depression or any other behavioral disorder, you must not take Stilnox without the express consent of your doctor.

Taking Stilnox and St. John's wort products together is not recommended, as the latter can weaken the effectiveness of your medication.

Cases have been reported of people engaging in activities (sleepwalking) and not later remembering after taking Stilnox or a similar drug while sleeping or not fully awake. The behaviors observed included somnambulism while driving, preparing food, eating, talking on the phone or during sexual intercourse as well as in individual cases self-harming behavior. These behaviors can endanger yourself and others, and even lead to death. These behaviors can occur regardless of whether you are drinking alcohol in conjunction with Stilnox or using other medications that act on the central nervous system. If you notice this behavior, stop the treatment immediately and inform your doctor or pharmacist.

The use of Stilnox can cause drowsiness and a decreased level of consciousness, which can lead to falls and serious injuries.

When driving vehicles and operating machines, Stilnox can impair performance and alertness. It can also cause drowsiness or blurred vision. The unwanted effects can be aggravated by the consumption of alcohol.

Concomitant use of Stilnox and opioids can lead to sedation, dyspnoea, coma and death. It is therefore important that you identify any signs or symptoms of shortness of breath or sedation and then contact your health care professional immediately.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you

  • suffer from other diseases,
  • Have allergies
  • have Long QT Syndrome
  • have ever had a mental disorder or if you have ever abused or been addicted to alcohol or drugs,
  • have already been sleepwalked after taking Stilnox or have shown similar unusual behaviors and carried out activities while not fully awake (e.g. driving a car, eating, talking on the phone or having sexual intercourse).
  • take other medicines (including those you have bought yourself) or use them externally.

Can Stilnox be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

Pregnancy: If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, you must contact your doctor and should not take Stilnox.

Breast-feeding: Do not use Stilnox if you are breast-feeding as small amounts of zolpidem are excreted in breast milk.