Serax uses mainly deal with the treatment of anxiety or alcohol withdrawal. The prescription medicine can help relieve the symptoms of these conditions by causing sleepiness, relaxing muscles, and reducing anxiety, among other things. Besides treating the conditions mentioned above, Serax may also sometimes be used "off-label" to treat insomnia.
What Is Serax Used For? -- An OverviewSerax® (oxazepam) is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions:
- Alcohol withdrawal
Serax is part of a group of medications known as benzodiazepines.
Serax and Alcohol WithdrawalQuitting 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
- 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. Serax can help with anxiety, shakiness, and delirium tremens associated with alcohol withdrawal.