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This medicine does not usually upset your stomach. You can take it with or without food.

Most adults (aged 18 and over) can take amitriptyline. Children aged 2 years and older can take it for some types of nerve pain.

3. Who can and cannot take amitriptyline

Amitriptyline is not suitable for some people. Check with your doctor before starting to take amitriptyline if you:

The maximum dose of amitriptyline for treating pain is 75mg a day. Your doctor may give you a higher dose if you're taking it to prevent migraine.

The liquid also comes in 3 different strengths – containing 10mg, 25mg or 50mg of amitriptyline in a 5ml spoonful.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

How should this medicine be used?

Dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, is similar to a natural hormone produced by your adrenal glands. It often is used to replace this chemical when your body does not make enough of it. It relieves inflammation (swelling, heat, redness, and pain) and is used to treat certain forms of arthritis; skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid, and intestinal disorders (e.g., colitis); severe allergies; and asthma. Dexamethasone is also used to treat certain types of cancer.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

But your contraceptive protection will still work.

There’s not enough information to know if diazepam is safe to use in pregnancy. But it can give your newborn baby withdrawal symptoms.

If your symptoms do not improve after a week, speak to a doctor as you may need a lower dose.

Important

Do not drink alcohol while you’re on diazepam. Alcohol can increase the effects of diazepam. It can make you go into a very deep sleep.

If you experience any other side effect, speak to your doctor.

Caffeine is a stimulant and may reduce the calming effects of diazepam. It’s best not to have drinks like coffee, tea and cola because they contain caffeine.

Do not drink alcohol while you’re on diazepam. Alcohol can increase the effects of diazepam and make you go into a very deep sleep.