Halazepam: A Benzodiazepine for Anxiety Relief
What is Halazepam?
Halazepam is a benzodiazepine drug that is not commercially available in the United States. It works by balancing chemicals in the brain that can cause anxiety, nervousness, and tension associated with anxiety disorders.
Important Information about Halazepam
Halazepam is habit-forming and can cause drowsiness and dizziness. It is important to avoid driving or operating machinery while taking this medication. Alcohol should also be avoided as it can increase the side effects of halazepam. Withdrawal effects may occur if the medication is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use, so it is important to follow the prescribed dosage and talk to your doctor about any concerns.
Before Taking Halazepam
Talk to your doctor if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, respiratory disease, depression, or suicidal thoughts. It is not known whether halazepam will harm an unborn baby or pass into breast milk, so talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Take halazepam exactly as directed by your doctor and do not exceed the prescribed amount. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible but do not take a double dose. Seek emergency medical attention if you overdose.
Side Effects of Halazepam
Serious side effects include allergic reactions, sores in the mouth or throat, yellowing of the skin or eyes, rash, hallucinations or severe confusion, and changes in vision. Less serious side effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, depression, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, difficulty urinating, vivid dreams, headache, dry mouth, decreased sex drive, and changes in behavior.
The usual adult dose for anxiety is 20 mg orally three times a day, with a maximum dose of 160 mg. The usual geriatric dose is 20 mg orally twice a day.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Halazepam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Antacids may decrease the effects of halazepam. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
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