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Serax
oxazepam
 



Generic Name:oxazepam
Pronounced:ox A zeh pam
Brand Name:Serax

What is the most important information I should know about oxazepam?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Oxazepam will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.
Avoid alcohol while taking oxazepam. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by oxazepam.
Oxazepam is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if oxazepam is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

What is oxazepam?
Oxazepam is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Oxazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety and withdrawal symptoms.
Oxazepam is used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and tension associated with anxiety disorders and to reduce the symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal.
Oxazepam may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking oxazepam?
Do not take oxazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Oxazepam may worsen this condition.
Before taking oxazepam, tell your doctor if you
  • have kidney disease;
  • have liver disease;
  • have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; or
  • are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.
You may not be able to take oxazepam, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Oxazepam is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that oxazepam is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether oxazepam passes into breast milk. Do not take oxazepam without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
If you are over 65 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from oxazepam. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of this medication.

How should I take oxazepam?

Take oxazepam exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Do not take more than is prescribed for you.
Oxazepam is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if oxazepam is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.
Your doctor may want you to have medical evaluations during treatment with oxazepam to monitor progress and side effects.
Store oxazepam at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication. A double dose could be dangerous.

What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Symptoms of an oxazepam overdose include sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, a slow heart beat, difficulty breathing, difficulty walking and talking, an appearance of being drunk, and unconsciousness.

What should I avoid while taking oxazepam?
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Oxazepam will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.
Avoid alcohol while taking oxazepam. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by oxazepam.
Oxazepam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

What are the possible side effects of oxazepam?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking oxazepam and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
  • sores in the mouth or throat;
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes;
  • a rash;
  • hallucinations or severe confusion; or
  • changes in vision.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take oxazepam and talk to your doctor if you experience
  • drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness;
  • depression;
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation;
  • difficulty urinating;
  • vivid dreams;
  • headache;
  • dry mouth;
  • decreased sex drive; or
  • changes in behavior.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect oxazepam?
Oxazepam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
Antacids may decrease the effects of oxazepam. Separate doses of an antacid and oxazepam by several hours whenever possible.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with oxazepam. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about oxazepam written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?
Oxazepam is available with a prescription under the brand name Serax. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
  • Serax 10 mg--white/pink capsules
  • Serax 15 mg--white/red capsules
  • Serax 15 mg--five-sided, yellow tablets with a raised "S" on one side
  • Serax 30 mg--white/maroon capsules

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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