Nitrazepamis a kind of benzodiazepine medication and is showcased in English-talking nations under the accompanying brand names: Alodorm, Arem, Insoma, Mogadon, Nitrados, Nitrazadon, Ormodon, Paxadorm, Remnos, and Somnite. It is a sleep inducing medication utilized as a part of the treatment of moderate to serious a sleeping disorder which has calming and engine weakening properties, and additionally anxiolytic, amnestic, anticonvulsant, and skeletal muscle relaxant properties. Nitrazepam is accessible in 5 mg and 10 mg tablets. In the Netherlands, Australia, Israel, and the United Kingdom it is just accessible in 5 mg tablets. In Denmark it is accessible as 2.5 mg and 5 mg tablets under the name Pacisyn.
How does it work?
Mogadon tablets contain the active ingredient nitrazepam, which is a type of medicine called a benzodiazepine. Nitrazepam is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine. Nitrazepam works by acting on receptors in the brain called GABA receptors. This causes the release of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are stored in nerve cells in the brain and nervous system. They are involved in transmitting messages between the nerve cells. GABA is a neurotransmitter that acts as a natural ‘nerve-calming’ agent. It helps keep the nerve activity in the brain in balance, and is involved in inducing sleepiness, reducing anxiety and relaxing muscles. Mogadon Nitrazepam
As nitrazepam increases the activity of GABA in the brain, it increases its calming effect and results in sleepiness, a decrease in anxiety and relaxation of muscles.
Nitrazepam is used for the short-term treatment of severe insomnia. It decreases the time taken to fall asleep and number of times you wake in the night, as well as increasing the total amount of time spent sleeping. However, it is only suitable for short-term treatment of insomnia as it has a high potential for dependence and addiction. As nitrazepam remains active in the body for many hours, drowsiness may also last into the next day. Mogadon Nitrazepam
Nitrazepam may be habit-forming when taken for long periods of time. It may not be appropriate for people who have a history of alcohol or substance abuse.
If you have been taking this medication regularly for a long period of time (more than one month), do not stop taking the medication without speaking with your doctor. A gradual reduction in dose is recommended when stopping this medication to avoid withdrawal effects. Mogadon Nitrazepam
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take this medication in a larger amount or for a longer period of time than prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a scheduled dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If you are taking nitrazepam for sleeping, do not take it if you will not be able to get a full night’s sleep (approximately 8 hours or more). This medication tends to make people disoriented, uncoordinated and unable to concentrate clearly until it has worn off. If you remember the missed dose during the daytime, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Mogadon Nitrazepam
How do I take it?
- Always take the medicine as directed by your doctor. Do not exceed the dose prescribed by your doctor.
- The medicine should be taken shortly before going to bed for the night. You should make sure that you will be able to have an uninterrupted sleep of seven to eight hours.
- You should only take this medicine before going to bed at night. If you forget to take it at bedtime don’’t take it at any other time, or you will end up feeling drowsy, dizzy and confused during the day.
- Nitrazepam can be taken either with or without food. The tablets should be swallowed with a drink.
- The body rapidly becomes used to benzodiazepine drugs and they can be addictive. As a result, they are useful for short-term help (two to four weeks), but should not generally be used for longer periods.
- Treatment with this medicine should usually be stopped gradually, following the instructions given by your doctor, in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms (see below) and a return in your sleeping problems.
- This medicine causes drowsiness and muscle weakness and impairs concentration and alertness. These effects are made worse by drinking alcohol and may continue into the following day. If you are affected you should not drive or operate machinery.Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine.
- From March 2015 a new ‘drug driving’ law comes into force, which makes it an offence to drive with certain drugs or prescription medicines above specified limits in your body. Nitrazepam is in the same class as some of the medicines on the list, which means it may be an offence to drive while you are taking this medicine. The new law will allow police to use roadside drug tests to check for the presence of the prohibited drugs in a driver’s saliva. There are very low limits for illegal drugs, but higher limits for prescribed medicines. This means most people taking nitrazepam as prescribed will not be breaking the law, provided they are not driving dangerously. If you test positive for one of the medicines there is a medical defence if you are taking it as prescribed, as long as your driving is not impaired. If you are taking a high dose of nitrazepam it may therefore be sensible to carry your prescription with you if you feel you are safe to drive, in case you are asked to take a test by the police. You should not drive if you think this medicine affects your ability to drive safely, for example if it makes you feel sleepy, dizzy, unable to concentrate or make decisions, or if you have blurred or double vision. If you are driving dangerously while taking this medicine you will be breaking the law.
- This medicine is generally only suitable for short-term use. If it is used for long periods or in high doses, tolerance to and dependence upon the medicine may develop, and withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, return of sleeping problems, anxiety, restlessness, confusion, sweating, irritability or convulsions may then occur if treatment is stopped suddenly. Your body may also become tolerant to the medicine, with higher doses needed to achieve the same effect. For this reason, you should not exceed the dose of this medicine prescribed by your doctor, or take it for longer than recommended. If you are still having trouble sleeping after this time you should consult your doctor for further advice. Mogadon Nitrazepam