Oxazepam – also known under the brand name Seresta – reduces anxiety and tension.
Do you use oxazepam or are you about to use oxazepam? Then it is good to know which side effects you can expect.
In this article, I’ll give you the most common and dangerous side effects of this drug.
You will also learn what you can do to overcome your fears and tensions without ever having to take this drug again.
NB! This article is not intended as medical advice. I wrote it only to inform you about the use of this drug.
Purpose of this article: In this article you will find out what Oxazepam is used for. You will learn what the side effects are and why this drug can be dangerous. You can also read the experiences of other users. Finally, in this article you will find a healthy alternative to this expensive and highly addictive drug.
What is Oxazepam?
Oxazepam or Seresta is a medicine that belongs to the group of benzodiazepines. It is perhaps the most prescribed drug in the Netherlands.
This medicine has a calming effect, reduces anxiety and relaxes the muscles. The big disadvantage of Oxazepam is that it also makes you drowsy.
Doctors prescribe this drug for anxiety, tension, insomnia and alcohol withdrawal.
It is important to know that if you use Oxazepam as an anti-anxiety drug, you can use this drug for a maximum of two months in a row.
Oxazepam reduces feelings of anxiety, but does not eliminate the cause of these fears. This requires much more than just medication. Oxazepam should therefore always be considered as a temporary solution.
Anxiety is a normal reaction of the body when danger threatens. It puts the body in a high state of readiness to face dangers.
Sometimes fear is justified. But sometimes you react to things as if they are dangerous when in fact they are not.
Let’s take hypochondria as an example . If you suffer from hypochondria, you constantly think you have a serious illness.
These thoughts can affect your daily life to such an extent that you are constantly worried and extremely anxious.
To make this fear more bearable, your doctor may decide to prescribe you Oxazepam.
This will relieve your fears, but this remedy will not take away the root cause of your fears. This requires a more thorough approach, such as psychotherapy.
There is also a completely different and much more efficient method for dealing with your fears, but more on that later.
Oxazepam can also be used as a sleep aid. If you use the drug as a sleep aid, do not take a tablet every night. If you do, you run the risk of your body becoming dependent on this drug. As a result, you will always need a higher dose to be able to fall asleep.
The danger with Oxazepam – as with most benzodiazepines – is that if you take it daily for a long time you can become dependent on it. As a result, it is very difficult to stop Oxazepam.
If you no longer want to use this medicine, you have to taper it off slowly. This reduces the risk of unpleasant and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
How Long Does Oxazepam Work?
You notice the effect of Oxazepam or Seresta after about 1 hour after taking it. You become calmer, sleepy and somewhat drowsy. Oxazepam is a short-acting medicine. The effect lasts for about 6 to 8 hours.
This time span is dependent on certain factors. For example, your age, your general health and your BMI can play a role in this.
Although the actual duration of action of Oxazepam is short, you can suffer from the side effects of Oxazepam for much longer.
You can experience a lot of negative side effects, especially if you only take this drug or if you take it for a long time.
Do you want to know which side effects are common and how dangerous they can be? You will learn all about it in the next section.
Side Effects of Oxazepam
Below you can read the main side effects of oxazepam.
#1 Drowsiness, fatigue, drowsiness
Although general rest is exactly the desired effect of Oxazepam, it can also make you feel extremely sleepy, tired and drowsy.
If you take this medicine as a sleep aid, you will sleep more peacefully. However, it is not the intention that you also feel tired and drowsy during the day.
If your doctor has prescribed this medicine for you as an anti-anxiety drug, you can also experience a sleepy and drowsy feeling at any time of the day.
If you have just started taking this drug, wait a while to see how your body reacts to it before you go into certain situations, such as in traffic. Also, if your job requires a lot of concentration, it is better not to go out to work in the beginning.
It is also important to know that it is better to avoid the use of opioids (strong painkillers) with Oxazepam. These can increase the feeling of sleepiness and drowsiness. In rare cases, this combination can even lead to difficulty breathing and coma.
#2 Concentration Problems
The previous side effects – drowsiness and drowsiness – cause you to concentrate less well and think more slowly.
When you take Oxazepam it often feels like you are not quite there.
Sometimes you can even get the feeling that the world around you just keeps spinning without you really being a part of it.
This can be very dangerous in certain situations, but can also be annoying for the people around you.
In addition, Oxazepam can cause you to have a delayed reaction in traffic. Therefore, never try to participate in traffic if you have used Oxazepam. In addition, it is better not to participate in traffic the day after. Finally, you are not insured if you have an accident and the doctors find oxazepam in your blood!
By the way, not only is it annoying for family members and friends if you are not completely there, but they can also be very concerned about your mental health.
Therefore make it clear to your loved ones what is wrong with you and why you sometimes react absently.
#3 Memory problems
If you have just taken a tablet of Oxazepam, it is possible that you no longer remember everything that happens shortly after taking it. Your short-term memory gets worse after taking Oxazepam.
But there is even more disturbing news… Your long-term memory is also affected by Oxazepam or Seresta.
The reason for this is that the events from the short-term memory are not transferred to the long-term memory, so you simply forget many things.
As if this were not enough, an American study has shown that Alzheimer’s may be linked to long-term use of benzodiazepines such as Oxazepam. People who take Seresta for more than 6 months are 84% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
If you take Oxazepam for longer than 2 months, there is a good chance that you will become both physically and psychologically dependent on it
Your body has become so used to this medicine that it becomes difficult to stop. What’s more: to achieve the same effect you will need more and more of this drug.
Suddenly stopping Oxazepam can cause a lot of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. That is why it is important to taper off this drug slowly, under the supervision of a doctor.
Perhaps the experiences of other people can give you more clarity about the extent to which you experience side effects. Would you like to read along?
Experiences with Oxazepam
The side effects of oxazepam are not mild if you read the experiences of people:
During a very stressful period in my life I suffered from social phobia† I didn’t really enjoy going out with friends anymore. I felt watched and constantly worried about what others thought of me. I liked staying at home on my own much better. When I had to leave the house, I felt anxious in front of others. It happened to me once that I had a panic attack because of this. I never wanted to experience this again and went to see my doctor. He prescribed Seresta for me, but assured me that this remedy would not take away the cause of my fears. So I visited a therapist who helped me overcome my fears. Yet I still take Oxazepam every day, simply because it makes me feel calmer. I don’t really mind the side effects that much. The only major drawback is that this drug is not covered by my health insurance.
As a child I was already a perfectionist and as I got older I got even more bothered by this. I could get really anxious if something wasn’t in the right place or if things didn’t go the way I planned. At one point I even had anxiety attacks due to my perfectionist predisposition. When I talked to my doctor about this, he prescribed Oxazepam to me so that I could go through life a bit more calmly. Yes, I did indeed calm down with this medicine. So much so that after noon I really couldn’t anymore and had to sleep for a few hours to get through the day. I felt so drowsy that I didn’t feel like doing anything anymore. I could no longer concentrate on anything and suffered from weakened muscles. My hands were shaking so much that I couldn’t even practice my hobby of painting miniatures.
As Diana pointed out in her story, the annual cost of Oxazepam can add up.
Although Diane does not experience many side effects, she still takes it and this has mainly to do with psychological dependence.
However, it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on expensive drugs to get rid of your fears. I know a way to conquer your fears cheaply and above all in a healthy way.
Read on to learn how to do this responsibly.