HOW DOES NITRAZEPAM 10MG WORK? WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?
Nitrazepam 10mg belongs to the class of medications called benzodiazepines. It is used for short-term treatment of sleeping problems (insomnia), such as difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, and early-morning awakening. It is also used to manage myoclonic seizures.It works by slowing down the nerves in the brain (the central nervous system).
Nitrazepam (brand names Alodorm and Mogadon, among others) is a hypnotic drug of the benzodiazepine class used for short-term relief from severe, disabling anxiety and insomnia. It also has sedative (calming) properties, as well as amnestic (inducing forgetfulness), anticonvulsant, and skeletal muscle relaxant effects
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Nitrazepam may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Nitrazepam may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Nitrazepam without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Nitrazepam to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Nitrazepam if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The recommended adult dose of nitrazepam when taken for insomnia is 5 mg to 10 mg taken at bedtime.
Seniors may be more likely to experience unwanted effects of this medication and should start with 2.5 mg taken at bedtime.
The lowest effective dose should be used. It is important that the dose be individualized to your specific needs to avoid excessive drowsiness during the day time or motor impairment.
This medication is normally used for a short period of time or as an “as required” medication. As it may be habit-forming, the treatment period should be as short as possible and not usually longer than 7 to 10 consecutive days. If you need Nitrazepam for more than 2 to 3 weeks, consult your doctor for a re-evaluation of this medication.
When taken for treatment of myoclonic seizures, the dose is based primarily on body weight. The dose for children (up to 30 kg of body weight) ranges from 0.3 mg per kilogram of body weight to 1 mg per kilogram of body weight daily in 3 divided doses. Your doctor will calculate an appropriate dose.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here,do not change the way that you are taking Nitrazepam 5mg without consulting your doctor.
Nitrazepam 10mg 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 Nitrazepam regularly for a long period of time (more than one month), do not stop taking Nitrazepam without speaking with your doctor. A gradual reduction in dose is recommended when stopping this medication to avoid withdrawal effects.
It is important to take Nitrazepam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take Nitrazepam 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 10mg for sleeping, do not take it if you will not be able to get a full night’s sleep (approximately 8 hours or more). Nitrazepam 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.