The name of your medicine is APO-Oxazepam. It contains the active ingredient, oxazepam.
It is used to treat anxiety, or trembling, confusion or anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal. Note that anxiety or tension associated with the normal stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment with medicines.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Oxazepam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. They are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals.
In general, benzodiazepines such as oxazepam should be taken for short periods only (2-4 weeks). Continuous long-term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor. The use of benzodiazepines may lead to dependence on the medicine.
Do not give this medicine to children unless advised by the child's doctor.
There is not enough information to recommend the use of this medicine in children under 16 years of age.
Do not take this medicine if:
Do not give this medicine to children under 16 years of age.
The safety and effectiveness of oxazepam in children under 16 years have not been established.
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You are pregnant.
4. You are breast-feeding.
5. You drink alcohol regularly.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking this medicine.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and oxazepam may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by oxazepam or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist can tell you if you are taking any of these medicines. They may also have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking oxazepam.
Other interactions not listed above may also occur.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
Oxazepam may be taken up to four times a day at evenly spaced intervals. Your doctor will advise you how many times during the day you should take oxazepam.
If you are over 65 years of age, or debilitated in any way, the dose may be smaller.
If you need to break the tablet in half, place it on a hard surface with the score line facing upwards, and press gently on the tablet with your thumb.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor
Swallow the tablet with a glass of water. This medicine can be taken with or without food.
Take it at about the same time each day.
Taking your medicine at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Do not take this medicine for longer than your doctor says.
Oxazepam is usually used for short periods only (2-4 weeks).
Continuous long-term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor.
The use of benzodiazepines may lead to dependence on the medicine.
However be sure not to stop taking this medicine suddenly, because you may get unwanted side effects.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of unwanted side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively go to the Accident and Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much oxazepam you may feel drowsy, confused, tired, dizzy, have difficulty breathing, feel weak or become unconscious.
Take oxazepam exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
If you are being treated for anxiety, be sure to discuss with your doctor any problems you may have and how you feel, especially if your anxiety attacks are getting worse or more frequent.
This will help your doctor to decide the best treatment for you.
Always discuss with your doctor any problems or difficulties during or after taking oxazepam.
Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Your doctor needs to check your progress and see whether you need to keep taking oxazepam.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
It is best to avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine.
Combining oxazepam with alcohol can make you more sleepy, dizzy or light-headed. Your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink while you are taking oxazepam.
Stopping this medicine suddenly may cause some unwanted effects such as disturbed sleep. Also, if you suffer from epilepsy, stopping this medicine suddenly may make your epilepsy worse.
Your doctor may slowly reduce your dose of oxazepam before you can stop taking it completely.
Be careful while driving or operating machinery until you know how oxazepam affects you.
This medicine may cause dizziness and tiredness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, or operate machinery or do anything else that is dangerous.
Even if you take oxazepam at night, you may still be drowsy or dizzy the next day.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking oxazepam.
Combining oxazepam and alcohol can make you more sleepy, dizzy or light-headed. Your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink while you are taking this medicine.
Be careful if you are elderly, unwell or taking other medicines.
Some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, unsteadiness and/ or a drop in blood pressure which may increase the risk of a fall.
Some people may also become depressed or have problems breathing.
Sometimes people may also have problems remembering things.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking oxazepam or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you.
This list includes the more common side effects. Mostly, these are mild:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following.
These may be serious side effects. You may need medical attention. Most of these side effects are rare.
If you experience any of the following, stop taking your medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects and are usually very rare. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation
Make sure that you or anyone close to you or caring for you watch for these symptoms and tell your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital if you have any distressing thoughts or experiences.
Unwanted side effects can occur with or without alcohol intake. Taking alcohol will increase the risk of side effects.
They can also occur at the dosage prescribed by your doctor. However, there is an increased risk of side effects if you take more tablets than the recommended dose.
These medicines should, in most cases, be used only for short periods of time. If your anxiety problems continue, consult your doctor.
Some medicines can cause dependence, especially when they are used regularly for longer than a few weeks. People who have been dependent on alcohol or other drugs in the past may have a higher chance of becoming addicted to benzodiazepines such as oxazepam. If you have been addicted to alcohol or drugs in the past, it is important to tell your doctor before starting oxazepam.
Sometimes when medicines are stopped suddenly, after being used for a long time, withdrawal symptoms may occur. Symptoms of withdrawal may include muscle pain, sweating, vomiting, stomach or muscle cramps, sensitivity to light, touch or sound, headache, anxiety, tension, restlessness, confusion, giddiness, memory loss, strange thoughts or feelings, numbness, tingling, palpitations, panic attacks, mood changes, irritability or feeling not part of your body.
Speak to your doctor if any of the above occurs.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell when you are taking, or soon after you have finished taking this medicine.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to oxazepam, tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 30°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking this medicine or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
APO-Oxazepam 30 mg Tablets
White, round tablets with one side convex and embossed "30", and the other side flat with an Ezi-split breakline.
Each tablet contains 30 mg of oxazepam as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine is gluten-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.
APO-Oxazepam 30 mg Tablets
Blister packs containing 25 tablets:
AUST R 163213
Apotex Pty Ltd
66 Waterloo Road
North Ryde, NSW 2113
Apotex Pty Ltd is the licensee of the registered trade marks APO and APOTEX from the registered proprietor, Apotex Inc.
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