Oxazepam: uses Oxazepam is used to treat anxiety and also acute alcohol withdrawal. Oxazepam belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines which act on brain and nerves ( central nervous system ) to produce a calming and an anti-seizure effect. It works by enhancing effects of a certain natural substance in body ( GABA ) .
Oxazepam may also be used for sleep ( insomnia )
Oxazepam: how to use Take Oxazepam by mouth as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
Use Oxazepam exactly as prescribed. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because Oxazepam can be habit-forming. Also, if used for an extended period of time, don't suddenly stop using Oxazepam without your doctor's approval. Some conditions may become worse when drug is abruptly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased to avoid side effects such as seizures.
When used for an extended period, Oxazepam mayn't work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Oxazepam: side effects Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Oxazepam because he or she has judged that benefit to we is greater than risk of side effects. Many people using Oxazepam do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur:
A serious allergic reaction to Oxazepam is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include:
This isn't a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Oxazepam: precautions Before taking Oxazepam, tell your doctor or pharmacist if we are allergic to it; or if we have any other allergies. Because this product may contain tartrazine, a yellow dye, also tell your doctor or pharmacist if we are allergic to tartrazine or aspirin. ( Some people who are allergic to aspirin are also allergic to tartrazine. )
Before using Oxazepam, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
Oxazepam may make we dizzy, drowsy or cause blurred vision; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Caution is advised when using Oxazepam in elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of drug, especially drowsiness effect.
Oxazepam isn't recommended for use during pregnancy due to potential for harm to an unborn baby. If we become pregnant or think we may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Consult your doctor for more details.
Based on information from related drugs, Oxazepam may pass into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding while using Oxazepam is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Oxazepam: interactions Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring we for them. Do not start, stop, or change dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
Oxazepam shouldn't be used with following medications because very serious interactions may occur while use Oxazepam:
If we are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting Oxazepam.
Before using Oxazepam, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if we also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: antihistamines that cause drowsiness ( e. g. , diphenhydramine ) , anti-seizure drugs ( e. g. , carbamazepine ) , medicine for sleep ( e. g. , sedatives ) , muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers ( e. g. , codeine ) , psychiatric medicines ( e. g. , phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine, or tricyclics such as amitriptyline ) , tranquilizers.
Check the labels on all your medicines ( e. g. , cough-and-cold products ) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.
Smoking can decrease effectiveness of Oxazepam ( through liver enzyme induction ) . Tell your doctor if you smoke or if you have recently stopped smoking because your dose may need to be adjusted.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using Oxazepam, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all products we use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share list with your doctor and pharmacist.
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