What is Gidazepam?

Introdction

Gidazepam, also known as hydazepam or hidazepam, is a drug which is an atypical benzodiazepine derivative, developed in the Soviet Union.

Background

It is a selectively anxiolytic benzodiazepine. It also has therapeutic value in the management of certain cardiovascular disorders. It can also be used for a treatment to giddiness.

Gidazepam is a prodrug for its active metabolite 7-bromo-5-phenyl-1,2-dihydro-3H-1,4-benzodiazepine-2-one (desalkylgidazepam or bromo-nordazepam). It is used as an antianxiety drug. Its anxiolytic effects can take several hours to manifest after dosing however, as it is the active metabolite which primarily gives the anxiolytic effects, and Gidazepam’s half-life is among the longest of all GABA-ergic agonists.

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