Serax

(oxazepam)

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Controls anxiety symptoms and alcohol withdrawal.

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Our bottom line

Serax (oxazepam) helps make sure the seizures that happen during alcohol withdrawal don't get worse. Serax (oxazepam) is also good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.

Quick facts about oxazepam
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oxazepam)

Upsides

  • Serax (oxazepam) is a first choice medicine to treat seizures that can happen in alcohol withdrawal.
  • Serax (oxazepam) only lasts for a short time, so there's little risk of hangover effects or sleepiness.
  • Serax (oxazepam) is recommended for people who have advanced liver disease because it doesn't affect the liver.
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Downsides

  • Serax (oxazepam) is addictive, so its use for anxiety should be limited to the shortest time possible.
How it works

Serax (oxazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It binds to certain parts of nerves called GABA receptors, and stops the spread of signals that cause anxiety symptoms, or seizures in alcohol withdrawal.

Quick facts about oxazepam
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oxazepam)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Serax (oxazepam) for Anxiety

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Side effect rates for Serax (oxazepam)

From clinical trials of oxazepam / Anxiety or alcohol withdrawal

Risks and Warnings for Serax (oxazepam)

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  • If you've been taking Serax (oxazepam) for a while and want to stop taking it, talk to your doctor, since stopping it suddenly can be very dangerous. Your doctor will tell you how to stop taking it gradually so this won't happen.

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Common concerns from people taking Serax (oxazepam)

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Alcohol
  • Serax (oxazepam) is a first choice medicine to treat seizures that can happen in alcohol withdrawal.