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Is oxazepam habit-forming?

Oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam) is a benzodiazepine, a mild tranquilizer that reduces nervousness, tension, irritability and agitation in people with anxiety disorder, depression and alcohol withdrawal.  Oxazepam is classified as a schedule IV controlled substance, which means it carries a low risk for addiction. Still, all benzodiazepines, including oxazepam, can be habit-forming and the potential for abuse is common.

If you have become dependent and stop taking it suddenly, you can experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, irritability, sleeping problems, sweating, memory problems, hallucinations, high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, psychosis, tremors and seizures.

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