clorazepate sustained-action - oral, Tranxene SD
GENERIC NAME: CLORAZEPATE SUSTAINED-ACTION - ORAL (klor-AZ-e-pate)
BRAND NAME(S): Tranxene SD
USES: Clorazepate is used to treat anxiety, acute alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. This medication belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. It works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth usually once a day, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Swallow this medication whole. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablets; doing so can destroy the long action of the drug and may increase side effects.This product should not be used to start a patient on clorazepate. A patient should be maintained on a stable dose of the immediate-acting form of clorazepate before being switched to this long-acting form by the doctor.Use this medication exactly as prescribed. 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. Also, if used for an extended period of time or for seizure control, do not suddenly stop using this drug without your doctor's approval. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.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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