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Imovane belongs to a group of medicines called CNS Depressants or central nervous system depressants. These drugs depress our central nervous system and make us drowsy or less alert. If someone is having difficulty with sleeping or suffering from insomnia, this drug is used. It helps us to sleep quickly and for a longer period. In general, if sleep medicines are used continuously, the patient may not feel the effect of the drug after a long time. So these medicines should be used in shorter periods of time, like one or two days, and usually for no longer than 10 to 12 days.
Imovane has a few side effects such as confusions, severe drowsiness, clumsiness, unsteadiness, infrequent mood changes, unusual weakness or tiredness, sluggishness, loss of consciousness, reduced physical activity, unusual sleepiness etc. Other less common side effects of Imovane are agitation, fast heartbeat, shaking and trembling of fingers etc. If the patient is suffering from allergies, or is pregnant, usage of this drug is strictly discouraged. The patient should also notify the prescribing doctor if he or she has other medical problems such as drug or alcohol abuse, mental depression, kidney diseases, liver diseases, sleep apnea etc. This drug is also not prescribed if the patient is currently taking any other CNS depressants or any type of depressants at all.
The usual dosage of Imovane depends on the patient’s health and age. Imovane is available in the form of tablets. Adult patients are prescribed to take a dosage of 5 mg at bedtime. However, the dosage can be increased up to 7.5 mg per day. Older adults are prescribed to take 3.75 mg of Imovane per day. In case of children, the doctor is responsible for determining the exact dosage while prescribing. The patients are encouraged to follow the doctor’s prescription strictly.