Oxazepam (marketed under brand names Alepam®, Murelax®, Serax®, Serepax®, Seresta®) is a drug which is a benzodiazepine derivative. It possesses anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, sedative and skeletal muscle relaxant properties. more...
See Diazepam#Pharmacology. Oxazepam is also a metabolic by-product of diazepam.
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.
- 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 withdrawl - 15 to 30mg, 3 to 4 times daily
Oxazepam is a Schedule IV drug under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances .
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