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Oxazepam

Discussion in 'Medications & Substances' started by becvan, Feb 13, 2007.

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    Oxazepam (marketed under brand names Alepam®, Murelax®, Oxascand®, Serax®, Serepax®, Seresta®, Sobril®) is a drug which is a benzodiazepine derivative. It possesses anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, sedative and skeletal muscle relaxant properties.

    Indications:

    It is an intermediate acting benzodiazepine with a slow onset of action, so it is usually prescribed to individuals who have trouble staying asleep, rather than falling asleep. It is commonly prescribed for anxiety disorders with associated tension, irritability, and agitation. It is also prescribed for drug and alcohol withdrawal, and for anxiety associated with depression.

    Dosage:
    • Mild/moderate anxiety - 10 to 15mg, 3 to 4 times daily
    • Severe anxiety - 15 to 30mg, 3 to 4 times daily
    • Symptoms related to alcohol withdrawal - 15 to 30mg, 3 to 4 times daily
    Side Effects:

    The side effects of oxazepam are similar in nature to those of other benzodiazepines. Side effects from oxazepam are common and include: drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, weakness, dry mouth, diarrhea, upset stomach, changes in appetite, heart palpitations, anxiety, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, angry outbursts, trouble sleeping, tremors

    Interactions:

    As oxazepam is an active metabolite of diazepam, there is likely an overlap in possible interactions with other drugs or food. Take serious precautions when dosing with Oxazepam (any benozodiazepines) in combinations with serious pain killers (Opiates)

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