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Clorazepate is a drug that is commonly used to treat alcohol withdrawal, anxiety, and seizures. The medication -- which is a benzodiazepine -- works by enhancing the effects of a specific calming chemical in the brain. As a result, it can reduce anxiety, stop seizures, and cause muscles to relax. Both short-acting and long-acting forms of this medication are available. Common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea.

What Is Clorazepate?

Clorazepate (Tranxene®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions:
(Click What Is Clorazepate Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Possible Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with clorazepate. However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common clorazepate side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Upset stomach.
(Click Side Effects of Clorazepate to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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