Mogadon is one of the trade names of Nitrazepam, a benzodiazepine drug. Some of the other brand names of Nitrazepam are Arem, Alodorm, Nitrados, Insoma, Ormodon, Nitrazadon, Remnos, Paxadorm, and Somnite. Mogdon is used to treat extreme conditions of insomnia.
The drug also serves as a muscle relaxant, amnestic, anxiolytic, and anticonvulsant. The drug is available in tablets of 5mg and 10mg.
While 5mg tablets are available in countries such as Australia, Netherlands, UK, and Israel, 2.5mg tablets are available in Denmark. Pacisyn is the name under which 5mg Nitrazepam tablets are sold.
Nitrazepam is best taken with a doctor’s prescription only although certain online pharmacies do sell them even without a prescription. Consumers, however, should be careful while purchasing from online pharmacies although the drug might be available for cheap because unscrupulous and illegal pharmacies sell fake Nitrazepam, which is harmful for health. Before purchasing Nitrazepam, consumers must make sure that the pharmacy is license to operate.
How to Take Mogadon
Mogadon should be taken with a doctor’s prescription because only the doctor is qualified enough to determine the lowest dose required to deal with your medical problems. Doctors take into consideration a number of factors such as health condition, allergies, medical history, age, height, weight, and others to determine Mogadon dosage for individual patients. Before taking Mogadon, patients should discuss their medical condition and medical history with a qualified healthcare professional.
It is important to note that this drug is not meant for children. Usually, 5mg tablets are prescribed for healthy adults, but elderly people and those suffering from kidney, lung, and liver disorders will be asked to take 2.5mg tablets.
Patients may not have to take Mogadon every night. The tablets are swallowed with some water just before bedtime if patients want to sleep continuously for 7 – 8 hours. Prolonged use of Mogadon is not recommended and patients ought not to take Mogadon for over 4 weeks.
Patients’ tolerance to Mogdon will increase if they make prolonged use of it. They might also get addicted to the drug. After using them for a few weeks, patients must try going to sleep without taking their usual dose of Mogadon.
Since patients could experience withdrawal symptoms while taking Mogadon, they should never stop taking Mogadon all of a sudden. On the other hand, withdrawal from Mogadon should be gradual, and doctors can tell their patients exactly how to withdraw without experiencing too many withdrawal symptoms.
Mogadon Side Effects
Mogdon is not without its side effects although all Mogadon users do not experience these symptoms. Some of the side effects of Mogadon are behavioural changes such as excitement, confusion, aggression, agitation, restlessness, hallucinations, rages, depressions, and nightmares.
Here is a list of some of the common side effects of Mogadon:
- Empty feeling
- Lack of alertness
- Dizziness and headache
- Double vision
- Lack of muscular co-ordination
- Fall in blood pressure
- Stomach upset
- Skin rashes
In rare cases, patients may also experience side effects such as changes in vision, problems with urination, jaundice, and blood dyscrasias.
Elderly patients may experience more side effects than younger patients. If patients do not feel comfortable about using this drug, they must get in touch with their doctors immediately.
Before Taking Mogadon
Before taking Mogadon, patients should make sure that they are not allergic to Nitrazepam or the other ingredients in a Mogadon tablet. Mogadon is not the ideal drug for patients allergic to any other benzodiazepine drug.
Patients should also inform their doctors if they are suffering from conditions such as lung diseases, difficulties in breathing, myasthenia gravis, mental disorders, personality disorders, and liver disorders.
Patients below the age of 18 should not take Mogadon.
Mogadon relaxes the muscles. The elderly, therefore, need to be careful especially during nights as they can fall and get injured.
An overdose of Mogadon can have nasty consequences. Patients who take an extra dose of Mogadon by mistake must get immediate medical help.
If patients have missed a Mogadon dose, they can forget about it and take the next dose when they are due to take it. On no account should patients take two doses of Mogadon to make up for the missed dose as this could lead to problems.
- How does Mogadon work?
Each Mogadon tablet contains Nitrazepam, a benzodiazepine drug. Nitrazepam directly works on GABA receptors, located in the brain, leading to the release of GABA neurotransmitters. Since Nitrazepam increases GABA activity, it calms muscles and nerve activity, resulting in sleepiness and relaxation.
- What precautions should be taken while using Mogadon?
Patients should take Mogadon only at bedtime. If they take it anytime during the day, they will feel sleepy and dizzy throughout the day.
Mogadon is a short-term medication, and prolonged use can lead to increased tolerance and dependency on Mogadon. Under these circumstances, if patients do not take Mogadon, they will suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as increased insomnia, muscular pains, headaches, confusion, convulsions, irritability, restlessness, and others.
- How does Mogadon interact with other medication?
Nitrezepam can cause increased drowsiness if taken with alcohol, antipsychotic drugs, barbiturates, other benzodiazepines, antidepressants, sedatives, antihistamines, and pain killers.
Drugs such as cimetidine, fluoxetine, disulfiram, and probenecid can prevent Nitrazepam metabolism. Drugs such as rifampicin and phenytoin can reduce the level of Nitrazepam in the blood. Theophylline and caffeine can reduce Nitrazepam’s sedative effects
- How does Mogadon affect pregnant women and lactating mothers?
Female patients should make it very clear to their doctors if they are already pregnant or intend to get pregnant while they are on Mogadon. The doctor will then decide if the patient ought to take Mogadon or not. Lactating mothers should avoid breast feeding their babies as Mogadon can get into breast milk.
If a female patient starts taking Mogadon during the later phases of her pregnancy, she may give birth to a baby with low body temperature and difficulties in feeding and breathing. The baby might also exhibit some of the withdrawal symptoms of Mogadon.
- Which is the best way to store Mogadon tablets?
Mogadon tablets must be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place—far away from kids and pets. Expired Mogadon tablets must not be discarded with garbage or dumped down the drain. A pharmacist can tell patients the best way to discard expired Mogadon.