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This leaflet answers some common questions about RESTAVIT.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
Restavit helps relieve insomnia. It is intended for short term use to re-establish regular sleep patterns. Do not use it for more than ten days consecutively.
Insomnia is having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep. It may also be the feeling that you are not getting enough sleep.
Insomnia may be caused by some or all of the following:
Restavit belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. They block the action of histamine and other substances produced by the body to provide relief from allergic symptoms. Some antihistamines, including doxylamine cause the central nervous system to slow down at the same time and this provides relief for insomnia.There is no evidence that Restavit is addictive.
In addition to taking Restavit, the following good sleep habits must be established and maintained.
Do not take Restavit if you have ever had an allergic reaction to:
Do not take Restavit if you have, or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Do not take Restavit if you are taking any of the following medicines as they may interfere with each other:
Do not take Restavit if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Like most antihistamine medicines Restavit is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Restavit is not known to cause birth defects but studies to prove it is safe for the developing baby have not been done.
Do not take Restavit if you are breast feeding or plan to breast feed. Small amounts of Restavit pass into breast milk. There is a possibility that the breast fed baby may become unusually excited or irritable. It is also possible that breast milk supply will be affected.
Do not give Restavit to a child under 12 years of age.
Do not take Restavit after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack. If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Do not take Restavit if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Drowsiness on the day following use may occur.
Use extreme care while doing anything that involves complete alertness such as driving a car, operating machinery, or piloting an aircraft.
Be careful drinking alcohol while taking Restavit. The effects of alcohol can be increased by some antihistamine medicines including Restavit.
Restavit will cause drowsiness and should be used only at bedtime.
Take one or two tablets 20 minutes before bed. Swallow Restavit with a glass of water.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Do not take Restavit for more than ten days. If sleeplessness persists continuously for longer than this tell your doctor. Insomnia might be a sign of another medical problem.
Restavit helps most people with sleeplessness, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
These are the more common side effects of Restavit. Mostly these are mild and short lived.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Serious side effects are rare.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Restavit, immediately contact your doctor, pharmacist or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26). Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
If you have taken too much Restavit you may suffer:
Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Restavit ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
Restavit is a white convex tablet with a break bar on one side.
Doxylamine succinate : 25mg per tablet.
Restavit does not contain gluten
Restavit is made for H.W.Woods Pty.Ltd.
8 Clifford Street
This leaflet was approved in March 2003.
Published by MIMS/myDr August 2006