Serax is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Serax is also known by its drug name, Oxazepam. Serax is sometimes prescribed to treat sleep problems and behavior issues such as restlessness, resistance, and verbal disruptiveness in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Serax may be considered in cases where non-drug approaches have failed to address these symptoms. Since the FDA has not approved Serax specifically for use in Alzheimer’s, such usage is considered “off-label.”
Serax is an anxiolytic (antianxiety medication) of the benzodiazepine class. Serax is believed to work by decreasing the excitability of neurons in the brain.
How do I take it?
Serax is generally taken three or four times a day.
Serax comes in capsule and tablet forms.
The FDA-approved label for Serax lists common side effects including drowsiness, dizziness, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, swelling, slurred speech, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, constipation, rash, and headache.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Serax include liver problems.