Definition of nitrazepam in English:


Pronunciation /nīˈtrazəˌpam/ /naɪˈtræzəˌpæm/


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

    ‘And who would guess that Valium, Ativan, Mogadon, Serepax and Normison are really closely related drugs called diazepam, lorazepam, nitrazepam, oxazepam and temazepam?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About five years ago I began taking nitrazepam to help me sleep, and two years ago my prescription was changed to zolpidem.’


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