oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam)

  • Medical Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

PREPARATIONS:

  • Oral capsules: 10 mg, 15 mg, and 30 mg.
  • Tablet: 15 mg

DRUG INTERACTIONS:

Excessive sedation can occur when oxazepam is combined with certain other medications or substances that slow the brain's processes. Medications that should be avoided include sleeping aids, certain pain medications (narcotics), barbiturates, and alcohol.

PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY:

  • Use during pregnancy may cause harm to the fetus and should be avoided.
  • Oxazepam may be secreted in human milk. It should not be used during breastfeeding.

STORAGE: Oxazepam capsules and tablets should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F and 86 F).

DOSAGE: The recommended dose of oxazepam is 10-30 mg by mouth 3-4 times daily as needed.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2016
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