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How Does Niravam Work?

Niravam belongs to a group of medications known as benzodiazepines. Like all benzodiazepines, Niravam binds to benzodiazepine receptors throughout the central nervous system (CNS). When binding to these receptors, Niravam enhances the action of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
GABA is an inhibitory brain chemical, which means it slows down or blocks nerve signals in the brain. Niravam, and other benzodiazepines, help GABA to more effectively slow down nerve signals. This is why benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
Benzodiazepine receptors are located in many areas of the brain and spinal cord. Therefore, benzodiazepines produce a variety of effects in the body, including:
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Sleepiness
  • Stopping seizures
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Impaired short-term memory.

Can Children Use It?

Niravam is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years of age. It has not been adequately studied in younger age groups.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, such as drowsiness and coordination problems. This can increase the risk for falling down. Also, Niravam is removed from the body more slowly in older adults compared to younger age groups. For these reasons, it is generally recommended that older adults receive lower Niravam dosages.

Is Niravam Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Some potential off-label uses for Niravam include treatment of the following conditions:
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
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