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Composition for HYPNOCENT

Nitrazepam(5 mg)

food interaction for HYPNOCENT

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It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Hypnocent 5mg tablet at a fixed time.
Hypnocent 5mg tablet may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
Hypnocent 5mg tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Nitrazepam(5 mg)


Hypnocent 5mg tablet is used for the short term treatment of severe sleeplessness (insomnia), in patients in whom day-time sleepiness is acceptable.

How it works

Hypnocent 5mg tablet belongs to a group of medication called benzodiazepine. It works by affecting the way certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters called GABA) transmit messages, which calms the brain, resulting in sleepiness and relaxation.

Common side effects

Altered libido, Impaired concentration, Decreased blood pressure, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Difficulty in urination, Fatigue, Headache, Muscle weakness, Unsteadiness, Visual impairment


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Expert advice for HYPNOCENT

  • Do not start or continue nitrazepam, if you are allergic to nitrazepam or benzodiazepine, or to any of the other ingredients in nitrazepam.
  • Do not take nitrazepam, if you have lung disease, difficulty breathing while awake or asleep, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular disease characterized by very weak muscles and unusual tiredness).
  • Do not take nitrazepam, if you have severe mental problems and personality disorders; or if you are addicted to alcohol or other recreational drugs.
  • Avoid using nitrazepam, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.
  • Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other skilled activites as nitrazepam can cause sedation, memory loss, and impair concentration, alertness and muscle function.
  • Remember that you may experience dose-related side-effects when treatment with nitrazepam is started, especially if you are elderly. These are likely to disappear as you continue the use.
  • Long-term use of nitrazepam can make you dependent on it, such that you feel the compulsion to use it often, and at an increased dose.

Frequently asked questions for HYPNOCENT


Q. Is nitrazepam a controlled drug? 
Nitrazepam has a high potential for dependence and addiction when used at high doses and for long periods. Hence, its sale is controlled, so that it is available strictly as per the prescription of doctor. 
Q. Is nitrazepam legal in Singapore or is nitrazepam a controlled drug in Singapore?
Nitrazepam is a controlled drug. Use of nitrazepam is restricted to forbidden in Singapore. 
Q. Is nitrazepam the same as diazepam or is nitrazepam the same as Valium?
Nitrazepam and diazepam (Valium) both belongs to the class of medicines called benzodiazepine, but both are different as regards the duration of action and the diseases they treat. 
Q. Is nitrazepam a benzodiazepine?
Yes, nitrazepam is a benzodiazepine.
Q. Is nitrazepam stronger than temazepam?
Nitrazepam and temazepam are both used to treat sleeplessness. The effects of nitrazepam last longer, whereas temazepam acts for a shorter duration. Day time sleepiness is therefore common with nitrazepam.
Q. Is nitrazepam strong?
Nitrazepam can treat sleeplessness and its effects last for a long time, and therefore it can cause daytime sleepiness. In terms of side-effects, it is similar to other drugs of its class.
Q. Is nitrazepam a sleeping tablet does nitrazepam help you sleep or what does nitrazepam treat?
Yes, nitrazepam is a sleeping tablet.
Q. Can I take nitrazepam with amitriptyline or diazepam or paracetamol?
Nitrazepam when taken with amitriptyline can cause excessive sedation. It is not to be used with diazepam. It can be safely used with paracetamol.
Q. Does nitrazepam work?
Nitrazepam belongs to a group of medication called benzodiazepine. It works by affecting the way certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters called GABA) transmit messages, which calms the brain, resulting in sleepiness and relaxation. It works in individuals who have severe and diabling sleeplessness that causes distress.
Q. Does nitrazepam cause weight gain?
No, nitrazepam does not cause weight gain
Q. Does nitrazepam get you high?
Nitrazepam has a calming effect on the brain which may be perceived by some individuals as ‘high’. 
Q. Does nitrazepam help with anxiety?
Yes, nitrazepam helps with anxiety.
Q. How long does nitrazepam stay in your system?
Nitrazepam stays in the body for at least 30 hours after a single dose. The duration can increase as it accumulates in the body on repeated use.


Content on this page was last updated on 23 May, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)