Nitrazepam is part of a group of medication called benzodiazepines. Nitrazepam affects central benzodiazepine receptors, which are linked to the brain's major neurotransmitter, GABA receptors. GABA's natural function is to reduce neuron activity. It is responsible for somnolence, anxiety relief, general central nervous system depression and the relaxation of muscles. Once the pill is taken, GABA receptors' abilities are enhanced. This effectively stops the neurons that cause insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy.
The sedative and anticonvulsant properties in nitrazepam help combat conditions like insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy.
The pill does not affect fertility, but it should not be taken by women who are already pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as this may affect the developing fetus.
No, the use of alcohol should be avoided. Patients are strongly advised to refrain from alcohol consumption when on this treatment as it can increase the sedating effects.
Nitrazepam takes effect 30 to 60 minutes after consumption and lasts 6 to 8 hours. It is rapidly absorbedand reaches peak blood levels within 2 hours after administration.