Serax Warnings and Precautions
Being aware of Serax warnings and precautions prior to taking the drug can help ensure a safe treatment process. A few of these precautions include conditions to let your healthcare provider know about prior to taking Serax (such as depression and liver disease), the safety of taking Serax while breastfeeding or pregnant, and knowing who should not take the medicine at all (such as those who are allergic to Serax or any component used to make it).
Serax: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Serax® (oxazepam) if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse (see Oxazepam and Alcohol)
- A psychotic condition, such as schizophrenia
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Serax Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Serax include:
- Serax can cause psychological and physical dependence. The risk of abuse and dependence is greater for those taking higher Serax doses for long periods of time (more than a few weeks). Because Serax can cause dependence, you should not stop taking Serax suddenly without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Oxazepam Withdrawal).
- Like all benzodiazepines, Serax is a controlled substance, which means that it has the potential to be abused. There are special rules and regulations for prescribing and dispensing Serax. The drug is generally not recommended for people with a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Oxazepam Addiction).
- Serax can cause severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which may be life threatening. This risk is increased when Serax is combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sedation (see Serax Drug Interactions for more information). You should not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Serax affects you.
- Serax is not intended to treat psychotic conditions. Even though Serax may temporarily help with certain psychotic symptoms (such as anxiety or agitation), there are other treatments that are more appropriate and more effective.
- Serax may cause depression or worsen preexisting depression in some people. Before you take Serax, you should make sure that your healthcare provider knows if you are depressed or have a history of depression.
- Elderly people are more sensitive to the effects of Serax and may need to be started with a low Serax dosage. Serax may increase the risk of falling, which is especially dangerous in elderly people (who often have weak or brittle bones).
- Sometimes, people react to Serax in a way that is the opposite of what is usually expected. That is, they may become agitated, aggressive, and restless and may have difficulty sleeping. Tell your healthcare provider if you experience these effects.
- Let your healthcare provider know if you have liver or kidney disease, as your body may not handle Serax as well as it should.
- Serax is considered a pregnancy Category D medication. This means that it is probably not safe for use during pregnancy. Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of taking the drug during pregnancy (see Oxazepam and Pregnancy).
- Serax passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking Serax (see Oxazepam and Breastfeeding).