Oxazepam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). Oxazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.

Oxazepam is used to treat anxiety disorders or alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

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  • Serax
  • Rare
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    black, tarry stools
    chest pain
    chills
    clay-colored stools
    cough
    dark urine
    dizziness
    fainting
    fever with or without chills
    headache
    itching
    light-colored stools
    loss of appetite
    nausea and vomiting
    painful or difficult urination
    rash
    shakiness and unsteady walk
    shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    shortness of breath
    slurred speech
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    stomach pain
    swelling
    swollen glands
    unpleasant breath odor
    unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting of blood
    yellow eyes or skin
    Incidence not known
    Being forgetful
    confusion about identity, place, and time
    cough or hoarseness
    decreased awareness or responsiveness
    false or unusual sense of well-being
    fever and sore throat
    general feeling of tiredness or weakness
    hallucinations
    loss of bladder control
    loss of memory
    lower back or side pain
    nightmares
    pale skin
    problems with memory
    severe sleepiness
    trouble sleeping
    unusual excitement, nervousness, restlessness, or irritability
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking oxazepam, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose
    Blurred vision
    change in consciousness
    confusion
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
    drowsiness
    loss of consciousness
    loss of strength or energy
    muscle pain or weakness
    sweating
    unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness
    unusual weak feeling
    Some oxazepam side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Rare
    Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    inability to have or keep an erection
    increased in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
    increased interest in sexual intercourse
    loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
    rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
    sensation of spinning
    Incidence not known
    Double vision
    menstrual changes
    seeing double
  • (oral capsule, oral tablet)