HOW DOES THIS MEDICATION WORK? WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?
Nitrazepam 5mg 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).
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Mogadon may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Mogadon may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Mogadon 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 Mogadon, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Mogadon to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Mogadon if their doctor has not prescribed it.
WHAT FORM(S) DOES NITRAZEPAM 5MG COME IN?
Each white, round, flat-faced, bevelled-edged tablet, scored on one side and embossed “RHO 5” on the other side, contains nitrazepam 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium croscarmellose.
Each white round, flat-faced, bevelled-edged tablet, scored on one side and embossed “RHO 10” on the other side, contains nitrazepam BP 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium croscarmellose.
HOW SHOULD I USE THIS MEDICATION?
The recommended adult dose of nitrazepam 5mg when taken for insomnia is 5 mg to 10 mg taken at bedtime.
Seniors may be more likely to experience unwanted effects of Mogadon 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 this medication 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.