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Serax Review – 8 Things To Look For

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Synopsis | Formula | Claims | Precautions | Price | Directions | Bottom Line

Serax belongs to a chemical series of compounds known as benzodiazepines, which in turn belong to a group of medicines called central nervous system depressants. The product acts promptly in a wide variety of disorders associated with anxiety, tension, agitation, insomnia and irritability or anxiety associated with depression. Alcoholics with anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal, acute tremulousness, and inebriation are also responsive to therapy.

The drug is marketed as a generic product and under several brand names such as Oxazepam, Medopam, Noripam, Opamox, Alepam, Purata or Ox-Pam. This particular review refers to the Serax produced by Wyeth Inc. The company is part of Pfizer, one of the most reputable multinational pharmaceutical companies in the world, located in the U.S.

This is a prescription medication and should only be taken on doctor’s orders and under medical supervision.


1) Serax at a Glance

Serax is a drug prescribed to patients who suffer from severe anxiety disorders with associated irritability and tension.
The drug is generally less toxic that other chemicals of the same class (like diazepam) but it can be extremely dangerous if associated with alcohol or opiates.

The product has been shown to have several side effects, the most common including: drowsiness, lethargy, dryness of mouth or increased thirst, weakness, unsteadiness, spasm, abdominal or stomach cramps or pain, mental confusion, blurred vision, changes in libido, euphoria, headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, increased bronchial secretions or excessive salivation, nausea, vomiting, tremor, problems with urination, and unusual tiredness or weakness.


2) What Are Serax Ingredients?

Serax includes the following ingredients: Oxazepam 15 mg. The inactive ingredients present are FD&C Yellow 5, lactose, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose and polacrilin potassium.

3) Does Serax Work and it is Safe?

Serax is an intermediate acting benzodiazepine with a slow onset action. The drug is commonly prescribed to patients who have trouble staying asleep, rather than falling asleep. Many doctors are prescribing this drug for severe anxiety disorders with associated irritability, agitation, and tension.

Serax is also has been linked to for drug and alcohol withdrawal and anxiety associated with depression. Some doctors may use Serax outside its approved indication as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder, premenstrual syndrome, social phobia and other health concerns.

It is important to note that despite its inclusion in benzodiazepines class, Serax is less toxic that other chemicals of the same class. On the other hand, Serax can be extremely dangerous if associated with alcohol or opiates.

Just like with all prescription drugs, this product has been associated with some side effects. Among the most common ones, we can include dizziness, drowsiness, headache, memory impairment, paradoxical excitement and retrograde amnesia.


4) What Serax Does?

  • Less dangerous than other drugs in its class
  • FDA approved
  • Clinically tested and proved results
  • Positive consumer reviews.

5) Precautions of Serax Use

  • Severe and numerous potential side effects
  • It may produce psychological and physical dependence
  • Requires close medical supervision due to dependence issues

6) Serax Price

Serax is an average-priced product. Most health insurances and co-pay programs will cover the costs of Serax.

Please note that this is a form of prescription medication and it should not be purchased from questionable sources or without a doctor’s written consent.


7) Serax Directions

The drug’s effectiveness in long-term use (more than 4 months) has not been systematically assessed; therefore a healthcare provider should periodically reassess its impact and usefulness for each individual patient.

Bottom Line

8) Our Bottom Line

Serax is a prescriprion medication and should only be taken under doctor’s orders. It may produce psychological and physical dependence, therefore increasing the dosage or interrupting treatment should be done only if medically advised and under close supervision.

Also this is an extremely flexible product and highly responsive to a wide range of emotional disturbances, so dosage should be individualized for maximum beneficial effects

Serax is associated to a long list of serious side effects, special precautions are required when undergoing treatment. Consumer reviews are generally positive and mention effectiveness in going through rehab and alcohol withdrawl, anxiety and depression episodes and sleep related problems.

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