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Your dose may need to be gradually decreased to avoid side effects such as seizures. Also, if used for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop using this drug without your doctor's approval. Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming. Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped.
Keep all medicines away from children and pets. Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.
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Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to therapy.
l your doctor if you smoke or if you have recently stopped smoking because your dose may need to be adjusted. Smoking can decrease the effectiveness of this drug (through liver enzyme induction).
Taking oxazepam with opioid medications (such as codeine, hydrocodone ) may increase your risk of very serious side effects, including death. Get medical help right away if any of these very serious side effects occur: slow/shallow breathing, unusual lightheadedness, severe drowsiness/ dizziness, difficulty waking up. To lower your risk, your doctor should have you take the smallest dose of oxazepam that works, and take it for the shortest possible time.
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Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking oxazepam and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
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When used for an extended period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
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It works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural substance in the body (GABA). Oxazepam is used to treat anxiety and also acute alcohol withdrawal. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves ( central nervous system ) to produce a calming and an anti- seizure effect.
Some products that may interact with this drug are: clozapine, digoxin, kava, orlistat, sodium oxybate.
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If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe drowsiness, slowed/reduced reflexes, slowed breathing, fainting, loss of consciousness. US residents can call their local poison control center at. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
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Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough -and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness.
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Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.
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l your doctor right away if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: fainting, stomach / abdominal pain, persistent nausea, vomiting, fatigue, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, persistent sore throat or fever.
The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/ dizziness ) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also cause drowsiness or breathing problems. l your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone ), alcohol, other drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine ), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine ).
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l your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes, slurred speech, clumsiness, trouble walking, decreased/increased interest in sex, tremor, trouble urinating, sleep disturbances.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Serax GENERIC NAME(S): Oxazepam.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Do not double the dose to catch up. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Consult your doctor for more details. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the potential for harm to an unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor right away.
Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, lung / breathing problems (e.g., COPD, sleep apnea ), drug or alcohol abuse.
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Consult your doctor for more details. If this drug is used for an extended period of time, laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., liver function tests, complete blood count ) may be performed periodically to check for side effects.
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Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness. This side effect can increase the risk of falling.
Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Before taking oxazepam, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to diazepam or temazepam ; or if you have any other allergies.
A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching /swelling (especially of the face/ tongue /throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision.
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This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast -feeding.
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