Generic Name: Oxazepam (ox-AZ-e-pam)

Drug Class: Sedative/Hypnotic


Drug Uses

This medicine is used to treat anxiety. This medicine is used to calm you. It may be prescribed for patients who have trouble sleeping.

General Information

This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.

How it Works

This medicine produces and calming effect by increasing a chemical in the brain.

How to Take It

Take this medicine exactly as directed. It may be taken with food or milk if stomach upset occurs.

Possible Side Effects

    • If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly:
      • stomach upset
      • blurred vision
      • headache
      • dizziness
      • depression
      • impaired coordination
      • memory loss
      • hangover effect or clouded thinking may occur


    • This medicine can cause dizziness or drowsiness.

    • Do NOT drive a vehicle or perform other potenially dangerous activities until you know how this medicine will affect you.

    • This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressant drugs. Do NOT drink while taking this medicine.

    • Do NOT increase your dose of this medicine without first talking to your doctor.


    • Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

Drug Interactions

    • Talk to your doctor if you are taking any medications for depression, pain, or seizures. Other sedative medications including over-the-counter antihistimines can increase the side effects of this medicine and should be used cautiously.

Missed Dose

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.


Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about the benefits and the risks of taking this edicine during your pregnancy. This medicine is excreted in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine.

More Information

For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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