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Etizolam is used in the treatment of insomnia (difficulty in sleeping) and short term anxiety

How it works

Etizolam induce sleep and control seizures or fits by increasing the action of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Common side effects

Impaired concentration, Yawning, Headache, Dizziness, Blurred vision, Hiccup, Sleepiness, Insomnia, Vomiting, Weakness, Altered behaviour, Increase in temperature, Nausea, Dry mouth, Muscle coordination impaired, Irritability, Slurred speech, Loss of appetite, Memory impairement, Fatigue, Jaundice, Muscle weakness, Double vision, Altered libido, Itching, Coordination impaired, Irregular menstrual cycle, Speech disorder, Sedation, Slow heart rate, Urinary retention, Drowsiness, Memory loss, Drooling, Constipation, Unsteadiness, Respiratory depression, Seizure

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Expert advice

  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or are planning to become pregnant during the administration of this medicine.
  • Etizolam may be addictive, so take it as prescribed by the doctor. 
  • Do not discontinue the use of Etizolam, unless the doctor has advised you. Discontinuation may cause withdrawal symptoms, which may include seizures.
  • Etizolam may cause memory problems, drowsiness, confusion, especially in elderly patients. 
  • Most people may find that it gets less effective over time. 
  • Avoid driving after taking Etizolam as it may cause drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Etizolam, it may cause excessive drowsiness. 

Frequently asked questions



How does etizolam work?
Etizolam is used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders in patients. It works by enhancing the action of a signaling chemical called gamma amino butyric acid (GABA), which helps to calm the brain. This, in turn, induces sleep and relaxation of muscles in the body


Is etizolam safe?
Etizolam is safe when taken for an indication and at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor


Is etizolam a benzodiazpine?
Yes, Etizolam is a benzodiazepin

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Does it show up on a drug test?
Etizolam does show up on a drug test


Does etizolam get you high/ lower blood pressure?
Etizolam calm the brain and induces sleep and relaxation of muscles in the body. It may alter mood and perception in some individuals. These effects may be perceived by some as a ‘feeling of high'. Etizolam can lower blood pressure and exaggerate the blood pressure lowering effects of medicines used to treat high blood pressure. If any side effect of the drug is observed then please informs the doctor immediately.

Content on this page was last updated on 22 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)