Oxazepam relieves symptoms of anxiety such as irritability, restlessness, lack of concentration, fatigue, sweating, increased heart rate, and unwanted or racing thoughts. It may also be used in alcoholics to treat anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal.
Oxazepam may be taken with or without food. However, take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor as it has a high potential of habit-forming.
If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important that this medication is not stopped suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may cause nausea and anxiety. It should only be used for a limited period as long term use of this medicine is not recommended.
Oxazepam may cause dizziness and sleepiness as side effects of this medicine, so do not drive if you have taken this medicine. Moreover, driving under the influence of this medicine is also considered as an offense. Other common side effects of this medicine include nausea, lethargy, edema, slurred speech, tremor, altered libido, and rashes. These are usually temporary and resolve on their own. Please consult your doctor if these side effects bother you or do not go away.
It should be noted that in elderly patients this medicine may reduce muscle tone and increased the risk of falls. You should avoid alcohol intake while taking this medicine as it will increase drowsiness. Please inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding, before taking this medicine.
USES OF OXAZEPAM
Anxiety refers to sudden feeling of nervousness, fear, excessive worry and getting panicky. Feeling nervous at times of normal social situations, like exams, job interviews, speaking on stage (stage fear) etc., is considered normal. The type of anxiety that occurs for short time, like an hour, day, or a week, and goes away is called as short term anxiety. You may feel symptoms of anxiety, like, shakiness of hands, excessive sweating, pounding heartbeat, headaches, frequent urination or diarrhea, or muscle twitches, temporarily for the time being.
Alcohol withdrawal presents with a wide range of undesired after-effects. These after-effects or alcohol withdrawal symptoms occur when a person who is heavy alcohol drinker, suddenly stops or significantly reduces alcohol consumption. These symptoms may range from mild to very severe. The person may suffer from symptoms like shakiness of hands, anxiety, restlessness, fast heart rate, sweating, etc.
BENEFITS OF OXAZEPAM
In Short term anxiety
Oxazepam reduces the symptoms of excessive anxiety and worry that are triggered only at the time of stressful conditions that last for a shorter duration. These could be job interviews, exams, stage performances, etc. It can effectively manage feelings of restlessness, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Oxazepamwill therefore help you go about your daily activities more easily and be more productive. Keep taking this medicine even if you feel well. Stopping suddenly can cause serious problems.
In Alcohol withdrawal
Oxazepam is usually given under medical supervision so that a person’s response to the medicine as well as the health can be monitored. After taking the medicine, it takes around an hour for people to feel relief from withdrawal symptoms. It helps relieve anxiety caused by alcohol withdrawal and detox. This allows a person’s body to relax so they can focus on leading a socially acceptable life and other beneficial aspects of treatment. Taking Serepax 15mg Tablet makes it possible for some alcoholics to overcome the worst symptoms of withdrawal successfully so that they can start on longer term recovery. When used along with social support and counseling, it helps people recover from alcohol addiction and to avoid having the urge to drink alcohol again.
SIDE EFFECTS OF SEREPAX TABLET
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them.
Common side effects of Oxazepam:
- Altered libido
- Edema (swelling)
- Slurred speech
HOW TO USE OXAZEPAM
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Oxazepam may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
HOW OXAZEPAM WORKS
Oxazepamt is a benzodiazepine. It works by increasing the action of a chemical messenger (GABA) which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.
Oxazepam may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Oxazepam is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Oxazepam is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Oxazepam may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Oxazepam may affect how your muscles work or may make you feel sleepy or forgetful. It may also impair your alertness which can affect your ability to drive.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Oxazepam is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment is recommended.
However, inform your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease. Use of Oxazepam may cause excessive sleepiness in patients with end stage kidney disease.
Oxazepam should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Oxazepam may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Oxazepam is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.