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Does Serax (oxazepam) cause side effects?
GABA is a neurotransmitter (a chemical that nerve cells use to communicate with each other) that inhibits activity in the brain. It is thought that excessive activity of nerves in the brain may be the cause of anxiety and other psychological disorders. Benzodiazepines such as Serax help to relieve anxiety by increasing the effects of GABA in the brain and spinal cord.
Common side effects of Serax include
Other side effects of Serax include
- loss of orientation,
- sleep disturbance,
- decreased libido,
- excitement, and
- memory impairment.
Drug interactions of Serax include other medications or substances that slow the brain's processes such as sleeping aids, certain pain medications (narcotics), barbiturates, and alcohol because excessive sedation can occur when Serax is combined with these drugs.
What are the important side effects of Serax (oxazepam)?
The most common side effects associated with oxazepam treatment are
- weakness, and
Other side effects include
Serax (oxazepam) side effects list for healthcare professionals
The necessity for discontinuation of therapy due to undesirable effects has been rare. Transient, mild drowsiness is commonly seen In the first few days of therapy. If it persists, the dosage should be reduced.
In few instances, dizziness, vertigo, headache, and rarely syncope have occurred either alone or together with drowsiness. Mild paradoxical reactions. i.e.., excitement, stimulation of affect, have been reported in psychiatric patients; these reactions may be secondary to relief of anxiety and usually appear in the first two weeks of therapy.
Other side effects occurring during oxazepam therapy include rare instances of nausea, lethargy, edema, slurred speech, tremor, altered libido, and minor diffuse skin rashes—morbilliform, urticarial, and maculopapular. Such side effects have been Infrequent and are generally controlled with reduction of dosage. A case of an extensive fixed drug eruption also has been reported.
Ataxia with oxazepam has been reported in rare instances and does not appear to be specifically related to dose or age.
- paradoxical excitation with severe rage reactions,
- menstrual irregularities,
- change In EEG pattern,
- blood dyscrasias including agranulocytosis, blurred vision, diplopia, incontinence, stupor, disorientation, fever, and euphoria.
Transient amnesia or memory impairment has been reported in association with the use of benzodiazepines.
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