Definition of nitrazepam in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A short-acting hypnotic drug of the benzodiazepine group, used to treat insomnia.

    Also called Mogadon (a trademark in the UK)
    • ‘And who would guess that Valium, Ativan, Mogadon, Serepax and Normison are really closely related drugs called diazepam, lorazepam, nitrazepam, oxazepam and temazepam?’
    • ‘About five years ago I began taking nitrazepam to help me sleep, and two years ago my prescription was changed to zolpidem.’
    • ‘She had always worked, mostly in shops, but was by then on huge amounts of methadone, nitrazepam, amitriptyline, diazepam and temazepam.’
    • ‘I was given three DFs and two nitrazepam for nine days.’


1960s: from nitr(o) + az(o-) + ep(ine) + am(ide).