Mogadon (Nitrazepam) Abuse & Addiction Help

This Page was last reviewed and changed on May 21st 2022

Content Overview

When taking a drug such as mogadon to treat insomnia or anxiety, it is entirely possible to develop a tolerance very quickly. In essence, this makes the drug less effective.

Most people are unaware that increasing their dose of such a drug without medical supervision is classed as abuse and can significantly increase the risk of addiction.

Although typically used in the treatment of insomnia, Mogadon is also sometimes used to treat severe anxiety or even epilepsy when other more conventional medications do not appear to be working.

Many of those prescribed the drug will unwittingly begin abusing it as tolerance to the effects can develop quite quickly. Doing so though puts them in danger of developing an addiction and consequently feeling as though they are unable to cope without their medication. Others will intentionally abuse Mogadon for non-medical purposes, thereby greatly increasing their risk for addiction.

What is Mogadon?

Mogadon is a benzodiazepine drug used to treat insomnia; occasionally it is used in the treatment of severe anxiety. It is a sedative drug that is intended for short-term use only as it has the very real potential to be abused due to its calming and sedative effects.

How Does Mogadon Work?

Mogadon works by stimulating the brain’s GABA receptors. GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) is the brain’s natural calming chemical. When insufficient amounts are produced by the brain, it can lead to feelings of anxiety and restlessness, which in turn can affect sleep patterns. By stimulating the GABA receptors in the brain, Mogadon encourages the production of GABA, which then acts to maintain a chemical balance.

This helps reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, which in turn relaxes muscles and helps the user fall asleep and stay asleep.

Mogadon Abuse Causes

There are many reasons Mogadon is abused. As previously mentioned, some actually do so without realising. The effects of the medication can diminish quite quickly as the body becomes used to it. This can then make you feel as though it is not working as effectively as it did when you first started to take it. You might then increase the dose to achieve the desired effects, not realising that doing so is classified as prescription drug abuse.

If you had been struggling to sleep for a long time but found a medication that enabled you to do so, the psychological impact of having to stop taking it could be profound. You might quickly feel as though you are unable to cope without the medication, becoming stressed at the thoughts of going back to your old sleeping habits.

Mental Illness

It is not uncommon for people struggling with mental illness to also develop an addiction to this medication.

Peer pressure

It is possible to feel pressured by your peers. Many admit that they started abusing drugs exactly because of that “ÿou really should try this”.

Science strongly leads toward genetic predisposition and brain chemistry as the two most important contributing factors to Mogadon abuse and addiction. However, more research needs to be done to determine why some people who use Mogadon have no trouble with it while others tend toward abuse.

Then there are those individuals that choose to take Mogadon for recreational purposes; taking any medication that was not prescribed for you is classed as abuse as well. The temptation to use a medication to alter the way you feel might be quite high but using a drug such as Mogadon to do so is particularly dangerous. This is particularly so if you are also taking another substance such as alcohol or an opiate drug alongside it.

Mogadon Dependence

Regular use of Mogadon often leads to increased tolerance as the body quickly adjusts to the dosage being taken. This is why it is recommended to not take the medication for longer ten days as this way you reduce the chances of a dependency developing.

When a tolerance does develop though, the effects of the drug will be reduced. You might not be getting the same level of relief as you did when you first started taking it, which might cause you to increase the dosage. Your body will then adjust to this new dosage and, with time, even that will not end up providing the relief you need.

At this point, you may start looking for other ways to achieve the desired effects, possibly leading to you combining Mogadon with other substances such as alcohol. As you take more Mogadon at increasing doses, your body and brain will become so used to it that when you try to quit you will experience withdrawal symptoms. This will probably leave you unable to function without the drug, and a cycle of abuse will inevitably ensue.

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Short-Term Effects of Mogadon

As with all medication, there is a risk of short-term side effects with normal use of Mogadon. These can include:

  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • unsteadiness
  • drowsiness
  • lightheadedness
  • vivid dreams
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • vertigo
  • slurred speech
  • muscle weakness.

Long-Term Effects of Mogadon

Using benzodiazepines such as Mogadon over a prolonged period can lead to all sorts of problems with cognitive functioning and it can be a contributing factor in the development of various mental health problems. Below we have listed some of the long-term effects of Mogadon use:

  • Mood swings
  • Memory problems
  • Impaired concentration
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Psychosis.

The long-term effects of Mogadon abuse can lead to other problems including dependence and co-occurring disorders.

Mogadon Substitution

When trying to withdraw from Mogadon, your doctor might prescribe a substitute benzodiazepine such as diazepam. While Mogadon has a long half-life, similar to diazepam, the latter is often seen as being preferable due to the fact that it is far less potent and is available in very low doses. Hence, the possible substitutions are:

  • Diazepam
  • Other benzodiazepines according to doctor’s prescription

Switching from Mogadon to diazepam could help reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with Mogadon reduction, as the body will have time to adjust to the withdrawal. Switching from Mogadon to another type of benzodiazepine will obviously entail initial discussion with your doctor to ensure that the correct procedures are followed. Swapping one drug for another too quickly can cause problems in and of itself so it is important that it is done gradually.

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The Dangers of Mogadon

While Mogadon is an effective drug when used over a short period, continued use over a longer period can, as we have already alluded to, lead to many problems. The risk of overdose increases and taking high doses can often result in fatal consequences.

Being a sedative drug, Mogadon depresses the central nervous system, helping to induce a restful sleep in insomniacs. However, as it depresses the central nervous system, it can also lead to a slowdown of normal physiological functions such as breathing and cognitive function. So you might experience slurred speech, fatigue, and confusion when using it. In some people though, there is a more severe risk of side effects such as sudden drop in blood pressure, severe sedation, or disorientation.

When Mogadon is abused, the risk of overdose increases dramatically. When taken differently to the way in which it was prescribed, it can lead to a whole host of problems including with breathing, deep sedation, coma, heart failure, and even death.

What often happens with prescription drug abuse is that doctors will stop prescribing the medication. This can lead some individuals to visit other doctors in a bid to source a new prescription, or it can even lead others to look for their drugs elsewhere (on the streets, online, etc.).

So while many people do look online for their medication when no longer able to source it from their doctor, doing so is extremely dangerous. Purchasing controlled drugs online means you simply do not know what you are buying. There are no regulations and often the drugs you buy are not the real thing. This can leave you in danger of having a severe reaction to whatever you are taking.

The Cost of Madogan Addiction

As Mogadon abuse can quickly lead to an addiction, it can have negative consequences for not only your life but also the lives of those you love. If you do develop an addiction, your need for the drug will increase and you may get to the point where it completely takes over your life. You will become preoccupied with it and you will find that you have very little time for anything else.

As the illness progresses, you will begin to take increasingly more risks in relation to how you use Mogadon. You might start taking it at higher doses to achieve the level of satisfaction you desire. And when that fails, you might start taking it with alcohol or other sedative drugs to enhance its effects. Doing this means that every time you take the medication you are literally putting your life in danger.

Nonetheless, as well as the risks to your health and life, Mogadon addiction can cost you in many other ways. For example, the toll that addiction can take on relationships can be very high. As you become increasingly preoccupied with your medication, you will lose interest in the people around you.

Your behaviour is likely to change as your brain is altered by the chemicals you are taking. You will probably find it difficult to make good decisions regarding your health and wellbeing and you may start neglecting important responsibilities within the home and at work. All this can have a knock-on effect on your relationships with others.

As with all addictions, Mogadon addiction will also have a cost in other areas. Your ability to earn an income may be reduced as you find yourself under the influence of your medication for longer periods of time. You might start missing days at work, which could cost not only you but also your employer. Addiction ultimately has a negative impact on business due to lost days and sick payments; looking at this in the bigger picture means that this then has a general knock-on effect on the economy.

In addition to these costs, it must also be mentioned that there is another cost to the economy; the cost of treating Mogadon addiction and its related health issues. Addiction costs the UK economy billions of pounds every single year, with a huge chunk of that cost attributed to the National Health Service.

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Mogadon Brand & Street Names

Mogadon is also known by the following brand and street names:

  • Nitrazepam
  • Alodorm
  • Arem
  • An-Sleeper
  • Baronite
  • Imeson
  • Epam
  • Cerson
  • Imeson
  • Benzalin
  • Apodorm
  • Answet
  • Nitrazadon
  • Nitraze
  • Sonebon
  • Moggies

Management of Mogadon Misuse and Dependence

Mogadon misuse often goes unnoticed for quite some time by those affected as well as by the people closest to them. It is quite often the case that the issues of substance misuse and dependence are brushed under the carpet in the hope that it might resolve itself.

The shame and stigma attached to addiction usually stands in the way of affected individuals getting the help they need. Even loved ones with genuine concerns will be reluctant to raise the issue for fear of upsetting the affected family member or friend.

However, in the case of Mogadon misuse and dependence, it is important to address the issue as soon as possible. If you are worried about a loved one’s use of Mogadon, it is wise to seek advice about how to broach the subject. Be aware that he or she is likely to be reluctant to admit that the problem exists and indeed may even be unaware of how serious the issue is. Be calm and patient but be prepared to be met by fierce denials. Even if the affected person knows that he or she has a problem, fear of having to give up the drug may prevent him or her from admitting it.

It might be the case though that you concerned about yourself and have realised that your use of Mogadon has become a real problem. If this is the case, the best thing you can do is to talk to a professional about getting help. You might be afraid about how you are going to cope without the medication, which could be holding you back, but if you do not get help right now then the situation will only get worse.

Management of Mogadon misuse and dependence will require a gradual reduction of the dose until you are weaned off it completely. To ease any withdrawal symptoms, your doctor may advise you to substitute Mogadon with a different benzodiazepine such as diazepam. We discussed this above. Nevertheless, if you have already developed an addiction to the medication, it will probably be the case that you require detox followed by a rehabilitation programme to help you quit.

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Mogadon and Other Substances

It is not uncommon for Mogadon to be abused with other substances such as alcohol or other drugs. While you might have begun taking this drug to help with sleeping problems, you may have quickly developed a tolerance and a psychological need for it so that you started using it during the day instead of just at night. Before long, you may have found that you could not function normally without the medication.

As your tolerance for it grew though, you might have found that it did not work as effectively as it did initially. As your brain and body got used to Mogadon, you probably found that the sedative effects wore off much more quickly. Increasing the dose may have worked for a while but not for very long.


You might have, for example, realised that taking it in conjunction with alcohol increased the sedative effects.

Other sedatives

It is common for Mogadon users to begin taking the drug during the day as they develop a dependency on it. But when they are able to function during the day while taking the medication, they tend to find that the drug is no longer effective for the purpose it was initially taken for – to help them sleep. Mixing it with other sedative substances is often the only way to get the desired effect.

Mogadon Overdose

What most people do not realise however is that mixing Mogadon with other substances, particularly those that also have a sedative effect such as alcohol or opiates, can greatly increase the risk of overdose.

Mogadon taken in high doses can also lead to an overdose, and although rarely fatal by itself, when mixed with other substances can lead to respiratory failure and even death. Below are some of the symptoms associated with an overdose of Mogadon:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Lethargy
  • Deep sedation
  • Weakness
  • Heart irregularities
  • Breathing problems
  • Coma

The symptoms of an overdose are much more intense when combining the medication with alcohol or other drugs, especially opiates and sedatives. In any case, seek medical help as soon as any of the symptoms occur.

Overdose Risks

As previously mentioned, the risk of overdose is higher for those who have increased their dose of Mogadon without the advice of their doctor. In addition, combining Mogadon with another sedative substance can also increase the risk.

A report in the Guardian newspaper in 2017 discussing the rise in drug deaths in Scotland over the previous ten years stated that benzodiazepines were implicated in 49% of deaths from overdose. In the report, substance use researcher at the University of York, Ian Hamilton, said that an increase in the use of benzodiazepines could be partly to blame for a rise of almost 25% of drug deaths in one year alone.

Another report by the Independent newspaper, also in 2017, showed that the problem is not limited to Scotland. In England and Wales, benzodiazepines were increasingly being found in the systems of those who had accidentally overdosed. According to the report, ‘more than half of all deaths involved an opiate, mainly heroin or morphine, followed by antidepressants, benzodiazepine, cocaine, paracetamol, and amphetamines’.

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Co-Occurring Disorders of Mogadon Abuse

Substance abuse and mental health problems seem to go hand-in-hand and it is often the case that one is the direct result of the other. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to tell which came first – substance abuse or the existence of a mental health problem. This is because many people with health issues such as anxiety and depression will often turn to mood-altering substances to relieve the symptoms of their mental health issues.

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • antisocial personality disorder.

While substance abuse often occurs as a direct result of mental health issues, it can also occur in reverse. Abuse of substances such as Mogadon can lead to co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, social phobia, and panic disorder developing. If a mental health problem already exists, chronic use of a benzodiazepine such as Mogadon can exacerbate the symptoms.

Madogan Abuse Treatment Self-Care at Home

Realising quite early on that you have been abusing Mogadon will make it easier for you to break free and to administer self-care treatment at home. If you would like to quit Mogadon at home, you should speak to your doctor who will then advise you on the best way to withdraw from your medication with the least impact in terms of unpleasant symptoms.

Bear in mind that it is dangerous to suddenly stop taking Mogadon as it can result in severe withdrawal symptoms manifesting. It is likely that your doctor will advise you to reduce your dosage over the course of a couple of weeks to a few months. How long your withdrawal takes will usually depend on a few factors including how long you have been taking Mogadon and whether you will be using a substitute such as diazepam to reduce the impact of withdrawal.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you are struggling to break free from your medication and have been experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms when trying to cut back on your dose, it is best at this stage to seek medical advice. You should also seek emergency medical attention should you experience the symptoms of an overdose. If you are struggling to breathe or are experiencing severe drowsiness, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.

If your use of Mogadon is starting to have a negative impact on your life but you feel as though you need your medication to function, you may have already developed an addiction. If so, seek some advice from a professional about how to access help.

Madogan Addiction and Possible Treatments

If you have developed an addiction, then you will need help to quit. Fortunately, help is readily available no matter where you live in the UK. The NHS offers free treatment for all types of addiction, typically on a daycare basis. If you need treatment for addiction, your GP will be able to refer you to your local treatment centre.

You can also find information on the various treatment providers available in your area from online information databases. These databases will include details about charity organisations, local support groups, and private clinics that offer help for those in need.

Mogadon addiction is typically treated with a detox and rehabilitation programme. As with most substance addictions, Mogadon addiction is made up of a physical and a psychological element, so both will need to be addressed if you are to recover fully.

To overcome the physical addiction to Mogadon, a detox will likely be required. It is a natural process that occurs when you quit the chemical substance to which you are addicted. Once this part of the process has been completed, you can then move on to dealing with the psychological element of the illness, which takes place in rehab.

Rehabilitation programmes differ depending on the provider and the type of programme that you choose. For example, if you decide to opt for a free programme provided by the NHS or a local charity, you can expect to have your treatment on a daycare basis. This is known as outpatient treatment, so there will be no need for you to stay in the clinic. Instead you will attend regular counselling or therapy sessions, either in a one-to-one or group setting.

Inpatient programmes tend to be provided by private clinics and these programmes are more intensive than their outpatient counterparts are. You will move into the clinic and stay there for a set number of weeks. How long you do end up staying will depend on how severe your addiction is, how you are responding to treatment, and the presence of any co-occurring disorders that might make treatment more complex.

Regardless of the type of programme you choose, you can expect both group and individual counselling to form a part of the treatment programme. In an inpatient programme, you might also have holistic therapies to help with your overall wellbeing.

Therapies that are commonly used in the treatment of Mogadon addiction include:

  • one-to-one therapy
  • group counselling sessions
  • dialectical behaviour therapy
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • hypnotherapy
  • acceptance and commitment therapy

The aim is to help you see how your thoughts and emotions can directly influence your behaviour. With these therapies, you will learn how to challenge negative thoughts and replace maladaptive behaviours with positive alternatives.

Mogadon Detox

As mentioned, it may be necessary for a detox to help break the bond between you and your medication. This is often one of the hardest parts of the process, particularly in the case of benzodiazepines, as withdrawal symptoms can be severe with these substances.

Detox from Mogadon will typically take place in a dedicated facility as it could be very dangerous to try to quit on your own at home. In most instances, detoxing from benzodiazepines involves using a substitute drug, which helps to ease the symptoms of withdrawal.

In the case of a rapid detox, so where Mogadon is abruptly ceased, a specific medication may be administered that will reverse the effects of the withdrawal and which will help to flush the Mogadon from the system. This medication is known as flumazenil and is typically used to treat a benzodiazepine overdose, but it has been found to be effective in treating rapid withdrawal as well, hence its use.

What About Withdrawal?

Withdrawing from benzodiazepines is a complicated process because of the risk of complications. If you have been abusing Mogadon for some time and have developed a physical dependence to it, your risk of severe withdrawal symptoms will be high. The risk will be even higher if you have been taking high doses of the drug or if you have been mixing it with another substance that you have also become dependent on.

The following are just some of the symptoms that are commonly associated with Mogadon withdrawal:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Excessive sweating
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tremors
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Visual disturbances
  • Hallucinations.

You might also suffer with what is known as rebound insomnia. You may have started taking Mogadon to help you sleep but as your body got used to this medication, you probably found it harder and harder to sleep without it. When you quit Mogadon, you may find that your sleep problems are now worse than they were before you started taking the medication.

Mogadon works by stimulating chemicals in the brain that help to relax you and make you sleepy. However, when you quit the medication, your brain will not be producing the right amount of chemicals to maintain the balance. It can take a while before the brain learns to produce these chemicals without the help of Mogadon.

It is important that withdrawal from any type of benzodiazepine drug be carefully monitored to ensure your comfort and safety. It is therefore advisable to complete the process in a detox facility, especially if considering a rapid withdrawal.

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Do You Need to Go onto Rehab?

You might think that all you need to do to get better is quit Mogadon and then everything will be okay. But if you have developed an addiction, quitting the drug is just the first part of the recovery process. While a detox will address the physical element of your illness, it will do nothing to tackle the underlying issues that caused it in the first place; failure to deal with these issues could mean a return of your addictive behaviour at a later date.

To have any chance of a full recovery from Mogadon addiction, you must be prepared to follow on with a rehabilitation programme once detox has been completed.

Mogadon Addiction Statistics

  • According to the British Medical Association (BMA), 12 million benzodiazepine prescriptions were written in 2015 in the UK.
  • This cost the NHS £50 million.
  • Up to a third of people in the UK are said to be struggling with insomnia at any one time.
  • At least ten per cent of those can be classified as chronic insomniacs.
  • Around a tenth of people aged sixteen and over are taking sleeping pills such as Mogadon three or more times per week.
  • Around ten million prescriptions are issued in the UK every year for sleeping pills such as Mogadon.
  • Z-drugs such as Zolpidem and Zopiclone are replacing benzodiazepines as prescribed sleeping medications.
  • In 2014, there were 6.5 million prescriptions for z-drugs, compared with 2 million prescriptions for benzodiazepines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mogadon addictive?

Mogadon is a highly addictive drug that is prescribed for short-term use only. As the body quickly adapts to its presence, it becomes less effective over a longer period. This reduced efficacy often results in individuals increasing their dose, which can then quickly lead to a physical and psychological dependence, followed by addiction.

How bad is Mogadon addiction?

As with all types of addiction, Mogadon addiction can result in harm to you and your loved ones. If you have developed an addiction to your medication, your risk of an overdose will be quite high, especially if you begin increasing your dose of Mogadon or mixing it with other substances.
You will also be at risk of developing health problems while your relationships with the people you love will suffer.

How to cure Mogadon addiction?

Mogadon addiction can be effectively treated with a programme of detox and rehabilitation. You can withdraw safely from Mogadon in a medical detox facility and when you follow this with a rehabilitation programme, your chances of a full recovery will be high. Nevertheless, you should know that there is currently no cure for addiction, so it will be important for you maintain your recovery going forward.
Joining a local support group will provide a network of people that you can turn to for keeping your recovery on track.

Where can I find help?

Help for a Mogadon addiction is available from various sources. Your doctor will be able to provide you with information about any NHS-run programmes in your area while you can also find the information you need via online information databases. There are local support groups operating in all areas of the UK where you can get the support you need to overcome your addiction.
You can also contact us here at UKAT for information about how to access one of our programmes. We have several clinics across the UK where inpatient treatment programmes for all types of addiction are provided.

How does Mogadon addiction start?

Addiction typically starts with the abuse of a particular substance. In the case of Mogadon, you may have taken it on the advice of your doctor. If you began to feel as though your medication was not working as you expected, you might have started to increase the dosage.
A tolerance to Mogadon can develop whether you are taking it for a genuine medical condition or if you are taking it for a non-medical purpose. The more Mogadon you take though, the higher the likelihood that you will develop an addiction.

Who gets addicted to Mogadon?

It is easy to assume that you will not get addicted to Mogadon because you are ‘not that type of person’, but the truth is that anyone who uses Mogadon can become addicted, regardless of how old he or she is, where he/she comes from, how much he/she has, or what their background is.

What should I do about Mogadon addiction?

If you are concerned that you have an addiction to Mogadon, it is important that you seek help as soon as possible. Addiction is an illness that will not go away if you ignore it. It is far more likely to get worse if you do nothing.

How to help someone who is addicted to Mogadon?

If you are worried about someone you care about and believe that he or she may be addicted to Mogadon, it is important that you address the issue as soon as possible. This person might not be ready to accept the truth, so you should be prepared to be met with denials.
Nevertheless, it is important that you make the individual aware of your concerns and tell him or her in a calm manner that you are ready to offer love and support and do all you can to help. Knowing that you are there when the time comes to accept the problem can be a huge help. If you do nothing, then the affected person may continue with his or her addictive behaviour.

Is Mogadon addictive in low doses?

Mogadon is designed to be taken at a dose specified by your doctor for a period of seven to ten days only. This is because a tolerance can quickly develop; when this happens, the effectiveness of the drug is reduced. While low dose Mogadon might not cause a problem, it may also not provide the desired relief, which can then result in a temptation to up the dosage.

How can I spot Mogadon dependence?

Spotting the signs of Mogadon dependence in yourself can be difficult. However, there will be subtle changes in your behaviour that you can look out for. For example, if you are using more Mogadon than advised to by your doctor, or if you become irritable when your prescription is coming to an end.
Dependence on Mogadon can result in withdrawal symptoms when the effects of the medication begin to wear off. You might notice that you are feeling anxious and having trouble concentrating. You may also feel very tired but at the same time are struggling to sleep.
If you are worried about a loved one, then you should look out for signs, such as secretive behaviour, isolation, and a loss of interest in loved ones and responsibilities.

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