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How do I take oxazepam?

Oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam) is a benzodiazepine, a mild tranquilizer that reduces nervousness, tension, irritability and agitation in people with anxiety disorder, and the anxiety associated with depression and alcohol withdrawal. Your doctor will start you out on the lowest dose and increase it as necessary. Oxazepam comes as a 10 milligram (mg.), 15 mg. and 30 mg. capsule. The typical dose is 10 to 30 mg., taken three or four times a day, with or without food.

Although oxazepam is a schedule IV controlled substance, which means it carries a low risk for addiction, it can be habit-forming in some people and should only be taken short-term, typically less than four months.

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