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What Is Oxazepam Used For?

Oxazepam is used for treating alcohol withdrawal and anxiety. Part of a group of drugs known as benzodiazepines, oxazepam can have a number of effects on the body, including reducing anxiety, relaxing muscles, and causing sleepiness. From time to time, a healthcare provider may recommend oxazepam for the treatment of a condition other than those listed above. Among these potential "off-label" oxazepam uses is the treatment of insomnia.

What Is Oxazepam Used For? -- An Overview

Oxazepam (Serax®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions:
Oxazepam is part of a group of medications known as benzodiazepines.

Oxazepam and Alcohol Withdrawal

Quitting alcohol "cold turkey" is not always a good idea. In fact, it can be quite dangerous. People who drink heavily or frequently may experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking alcohol too rapidly. Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include slight shakiness (the "shakes"), alcohol cravings, nervousness, depression, or clammy skin. More severe symptoms may include:
  • Delirium tremens (sometimes called "DTs"), a group of symptoms including confusion, anxiety, and hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • A very rapid heart rate (tachycardia).
Withdrawing from alcohol can be life threatening. It should always be done under a healthcare provider's supervision, and hospitalization is sometimes necessary. Oxazepam can help with anxiety, shakiness, and delirium tremens associated with alcohol withdrawal.
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