Nitrosun (Nitrazepam) tablets 10mg
What Nitrosun (nitrazepam) tablets are and what they are used for?
Nitrosun (nitrazepam) belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines that are known for their sedative properties. Nitrosun (nitrazepam) is a powerful hypnotic drug that causes sedation, relieve anxiety, amnesia and convulsions and also relax skeletal muscles. It shortens the time required to fall asleep and lengthens the duration of sleep. This medicine is only recommended in adults and elderly for short term treatment of severe sleeplessness (insomnia) that also causes distress.
What you need to know before you take Nitrosun (Nitrazepam) Tablets
Do not take Nitrazepam tablets if you:
- are allergic to nitrazepam
- are allergic to any drug belongs to benzodiazepines class
- have severe breathing problem or chest problem
- suffering from acute porphyria
- suffering from myasthenia gravis
- suffering from sleep apnoea syndrome (difficulty in breathing during sleep)
- suffering from any mental illness or personality disorder (phobia or obsession)
How it works?
Nitrazepam is a benzodiazepine compound having sedative properties. It shortens the time required to fall asleep and lengthens the duration of sleep. It acts in 30 to 60 minutes to produce sleep lasting up to 6 to 8 hours.
How to take Nitrazepam tablet?
Always take this medicine following the instructions of your doctor or pharmacist.
Treatment should be for a short duration of time and must be started with the lowest effective dose. The maximum dose should not be exceeded. Generally, the duration of treatment varies from a few days to two weeks, with a maximum of four weeks; including the tapering off process (gradually reducing the dose before ending the treatment). Dosage should be adjusted on an individual basis. If possible, the treatment should be on an intermittent basis. Long-term chronic use of this medicine is not recommended.
Adults: 5 mg before rsleep. This dose may be increased for up to 10 mg. Do not give this medicine to the children under 12 years of age.
Method of administration: For oral administration only.
Take the medicine just before going to bed and making sure you can sleep for 7-8 hours without being disturbed after taking the tablets.
Swallow the whole tablet with water or with some other non-alcoholic drink, without crushing or chewing the tablet.
If you take more Nitrosun (nitrazepam) tablets than you should
If you take too many tablets or someone else accidentally takes your medicine, contact your doctor, pharmacist immediately or go to the nearest hospital straight away.
If you forget to take Nitrosun (nitrazepam) tablets
If you forget to take your scheduled dose, you should never make up for the missing dose by doubling the dose next time. Instead, simply continue with the single next dose at the right time.
If you stop taking Nitrosun (nitrazepam) tablets
If you abruptly stop taking Nitrazepam tablet withdrawal symptoms like headache, depression, confusion, mood changes, nervousness, irritability, extreme anxiety, restlessness etc. may occur as this medicine causes dependence. Therefore, stop using medicine as per instructions of your doctor who will advise to discontinue the medicine by following dose tapering technique.
Please remember that nitrazepam is not suitable for long-term use. The beneficial effects of nitrazepam decrease as tolerance develops with its long-term use and it can also cause dependency. Therefore, you should always follow the dosing instructions advised by your doctor to ensure that long-term use is avoided.
Special warning and precaution for use
Nitrosun (nitrazepam) tablets should not be used alone to treat depression or anxiety, since this medicine exaggerate suicidal thoughts in patients suffering with depression.
In patients with chronic pulmonary insufficiency and in patients with chronic kidney or liver disease, a dose reduction is required usually half of the usual adult dose. Benzodiazepines are contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic insufficiency.
Pregnancy, Fertility and Lactation
If you are breast feeding mother do not take this medicine as this medicine excrete in breast milk.
If you are planning pregnancy then you must consider withdrawal effects of this medicine as it causes dependency.
Effects on ability to drive and use machines
The use Nitrosun (nitrazepam) causes sedation, amnesia, impaired concentration and impaired muscular function that can adversely affect the ability to drive or to use machinery. This medicine can also impair your cognitive function and thus caution is required while drive or avoid driving.
Possible side effects
- Allergic reaction/ hypersensitivity: swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat or difficulty in breathing or swallowing may also be experienced.
- Skin rash, itching, red colored irregular raised patches on skin are also observed.
- Dizziness, drowsiness, feeling numb, feeling tired etc.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, stop using the medicine and immediately seek advice of your doctor.
How to store Nitrosun (Nitrazepam) tablets?
Store this medicine at room temperature below 25oC and protect from light. Keep this medicine out of reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date mentioned on the pack and blister strip.