halazepam

Generic Name: halazepam (hal AZ e pam)
Brand Name: Paxipam

What is halazepam?

Halazepam is not commercially available in the United States.

Halazepam is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Halazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.

Halazepam is used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and tension associated with anxiety disorders.

Halazepam may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about halazepam?

Halazepam is not commercially available in the United States.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Halazepam will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

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Avoid alcohol while taking halazepam. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by halazepam.

Halazepam is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if halazepam is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking halazepam?

Do not take halazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Halazepam may worsen this condition.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you

  • have kidney disease;

  • have liver disease;

  • have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; or

  • are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.

You may not be able to take halazepam, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

It is not known whether halazepam will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether halazepam passes into breast milk. Do not take halazepam without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

If you are over 65 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from halazepam. You may require a lower dose of this medication.

How should I take halazepam?

Take halazepam exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Do not take more than is prescribed for you.

Halazepam is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if halazepam is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

Store halazepam at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication. A double dose could be very dangerous.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a halazepam overdose include sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, a slow heart beat, difficulty breathing, difficulty walking and talking, an appearance of being drunk, and unconsciousness.

What should I avoid while taking halazepam?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Halazepam will cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

Avoid alcohol while taking halazepam. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by halazepam.

Halazepam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

Halazepam side effects

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking halazepam and seek emergency medical attention:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives);

  • sores in the mouth or throat;

  • yellowing of the skin or eyes;

  • a rash;

  • hallucinations or severe confusion; or

  • changes in vision.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take halazepam and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness;

  • depression;

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation;

  • difficulty urinating;

  • vivid dreams;

  • headache;

  • dry mouth;

  • decreased sex drive; or

  • changes in behavior.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Halazepam dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Anxiety:

Initial dose: 20 mg orally 3 times a day.
Maximum Dose: 160 mg

Usual Geriatric Dose for Anxiety:

Initial dose: 20 mg orally twice a day.

What other drugs will affect halazepam?

Halazepam may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

Antacids may decrease the effects of halazepam. Separate doses of an antacid and halazepam by several hours whenever possible.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with halazepam. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about halazepam written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Halazepam is not commercially available in the United States.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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