Etizolam is a thienodiazepine derivative which is similar in pharmacology terms to the benzodiazepine class of chemicals. A thienodiazepine is a heterocyclic compound which features a diazepine ring connected to a thiophene ring. Thienodiazepines generally possess anxiolytic, amnesic, hypnotic and sedative properties when tested on mammals. The use of Etizolam for in-vivo subjects has yet to be investigated outside of India. Because no clinical trials have taken place in the EU it is not permitted for any use other than as a scientific reference sample.
Wikipedia states that
"Etizolam belongs to a new class of diazepines, thienotriazolodiazepines. This new class is easily oxidized, rapidly metabolized, and has a lower risk of accumulation, even after prolonged treatment."
Etizolam has an anti-anxiety level about 6 times greater than that of the benzodiazepine valium. From initial studies it is thought that Etizolam shortens the length of time it takes to fall asleep and increases the length of uninterrupted sleep.
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