Drug Name: Oxazepam
Common Name: Serax®
Drug Type: Benzodiazepine tranquilizer
Used For: Seizures, Anxiety
- Species: Dogs, Cats
- Administered: Tablets, Oral liquid, Injectable
- How Dispensed: Prescription only
FDA Approved: No
Oxazepam is a sedative with anti-anxiety and muscle relaxing properties. It is prescribe to stimulate appetite and treat anxiety.
How It Works
Oxazepam is thought to work by promoting gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA inhibits the effects of excitatory neutrotransmitters in the brain, resulting in a calming effect on your pet.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
If you miss a dose, give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Oxazepam may result in these side effects:
- Cardiovascular depression
- Respiratory depression
Oxazepam may react with these drugs:
- Central nervous depressant
- Protein bound drugs
- Valproic acid
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO OLDER PETS, AGGRESSIVE PETS, OR TO PETS WITH KIDNEY OR LIVER DISEASE
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PREGNANT PETS - Oxazepam may cause birth defects in humans, and the effect on unborn pets is unknown.
If stopping use of this drug, consult your veterinarian for an effective gradual reduction in dosage.