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What Are Oxazepam Addiction Signs?

When a person is addicted to a medicine, if the medicine is stopped, the body is not able to function properly. Withdrawal symptom can also occur. Oxazepam withdrawal symptoms can include:
  • Seizures
  • Personality changes
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • A fever
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness.
When these problems occur, people often feel like they need to stay on oxazepam just to prevent them from occurring again.
If you are taking increasing doses of oxazepam or feel like you cannot stop the medicine, you need to talk with a healthcare provider. Oxazepam addiction is a serious problem that requires treatment.

Suggestions for Dealing With Oxazepam Addiction

Despite their many beneficial effects, benzodiazepines have the potential for abuse and should be used only as prescribed. During the first few days of taking a benzodiazepine like oxazepam, a person usually feels sleepy and uncoordinated. However, as the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, these feelings begin to disappear. If one uses these drugs long-term, the body will develop tolerance for the drugs, and larger doses will be needed to achieve the same initial effects. Continued use can lead to physical dependence and -- when use is reduced or stopped -- withdrawal (see Oxazepam Withdrawal).
Because oxazepam works by slowing the brain's activity, when an individual stops taking this medicine, the brain's activity can rebound and race out of control, potentially leading to seizures and other harmful consequences. Although withdrawal from oxazepam can be problematic, it is rarely life-threatening. Therefore, someone who is thinking about stopping oxazepam therapy or who is experiencing withdrawals from oxazepam should speak with a healthcare provider or seek medical treatment.
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