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A few of the more common side effects of Serax include drowsiness, dizziness, and headaches. Among the drug's less common side effects are lethargy, slurred speech, and changes in sex drive. For the most part, Serax side effects are minor and easily treated. However, the medicine has a number of more serious side effects that should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately. Some of these more serious problems include hallucinations, difficulty breathing, and suicidal thoughts.

An Introduction to Serax Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Serax® (oxazepam); however, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. 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 are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Serax. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Serax side effects with you.)
 

Possible Serax Side Effects

Serax is an older medication, approved many years ago. With newer medications, side effects are carefully documented, and the exact percentage of people that develop each side effect is known. With older medications, like Serax, side effect information is less specific, and exact percentages are not reported.
 
Some of the more common Serax side effects include:
 
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • A spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Headaches.
     
Some less common Serax side effects include:
 
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Swelling or water retention (known medically as edema)
  • Slurred speech
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Changes in sex drive.
     
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