What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Oxazepam?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse (see Oxazepam and Alcohol)
- A psychotic condition, such as schizophrenia
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Oxazepam and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Oxazepam and Breastfeeding).
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Oxazepam to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does It Work?
Oxazepam is part of a group of medicines known as benzodiazepines. These drugs have a variety of different effects on the body, including:
All benzodiazepine medications can have each of these effects to some degree, depending on the specific medication and the dosage. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why oxazepam and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).