Rohypnol ® is a trade name for flunitrazepam, a central nervous system (CNS) depressant
that belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Flunitrazepam is also marketed as generic preparations and other trade name products. Like other benzodiazepines, Rohypnol ® produces sedative hypnotic, anti-anxiety, and muscle relaxant effects. This drug has never been approved for medical use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. Outside the United States, Rohypnol ® is commonly prescribed to treat insomnia. Rohypnol ® is also referred to as a “date rape” drug.