Serax is a short- to intermediate
strength tranquilizer of the benzodiazepine family. It is used to treat
anxiety, insomnia and alcohol withdrawal.
is a Schedule IV drug and a possible carcinogen.
Alternative & street names:
Serax is a brand name of Oxazepam,
which is also marketed as Murelax, Alepam, Medopam, Opamox, Noripam, Purata,
Ox-Pam and Serepax,
is it taken?
Serax is taken as a tablet. Dosing
amounts vary depending on condition being treated: 10 to 15 mg for mild to
moderate anxiety or 15 to 30 mg for severe anxiety or alcohol withdrawal
has properties consistent with other moderate benzodiazepines, including
amnesic, anti-anxiety, anti-convulsant, hypnotic, sedatives and skeletal muscle
has a slow onset, so doctors usually prescribe it to patients who have trouble
staying asleep, instead of trouble falling asleep. It is also prescribed for
anxiety, anxiety combined with depression, and for alcohol withdrawal. Other
uses include treatment for social phobia, PTSD and PMS.
the mind/body and health risks
Side effects of Serax may include:
abuse of this substance
to its slow absorption rate and its slow action onset, Serax has a low
potential of abuse compared to other drugs in its class of benzodiazepines.
is also less toxic than other benzodiazepines during overdose, although
overdose can be significantly more dangerous if Serax was mixed with opiates or
of an overdose on Serax include:
should discontinue use of Serax under the care of a doctor. If patient is a
moderate user, the doctor might just lower the prescribed amount and treat the
patient in an out-patient capacity.
the patient is abusing Serax, combining it with alcohol or other drugs, or
began using Serax as a treatment for alcoholism, then the doctor might
recommend a 24/7 detox facility where the patient’s progress can be monitored
by a professional staff.
any benzodiazepine-type tranquilizer, Serax and other Oxazepam drugs can cause
addiction and benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, which is similar to alcohol
or barbiturate withdrawal.
effects due to rapid withdrawal of Serax could include:
and muscle cramps
of Serax addiction and withdrawal should be undertaken with a gradual reduction
of the dosing regimen.