Nitrazepam is available in Canada only by prescription.

Known as

Mogadon, Nitrazdon


Nitrazepam is used to control myoclonic seizures and may be used in the treatment of West’s syndrome (infantile spasms) and other seizures that occur in early childhood (possibly with ACTH). It also induces sleep. Its effects may be felt within three hours after use.

How to Use

Take nitrazepam as prescribed. Do not increase dosage without your doctor’s consent.

Side Effects

Common reactions include fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, mental confusion and lack of coordination. If nitrazepam is withdrawn abruptly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms including headaches.


People who suffer from depression should avoid nitrazepam. Patients with prior history of drug abuse, or kidney and liver problems should inform their doctor prior to using this drug. Do not drive or do any activity requiring mental alertness within three hours of taking nitrazepam. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should avoid taking nitrazepam. Alcohol should not be taken during treatment with nitrazepam.


If you are taking any other anti-seizure medication, inform your doctor.

Missed Dose

Take the next dose as soon as you remember. Do not double the dose. Resume your medication schedule.


Store at room temperature between 15°C and 30°C. Keep away from children, heat, light and moisture.


Tablets: 5 mg and 10 mg, white

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