Lexotan contains a medicine called bromazepam. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘benzodiazepines’. Lexotan is used for severe anxiety (very strong fear or deep worry that can affect feelings, mood, behaviour and thinking patterns). Lexotan will be prescribed for as short a time as possible. This will normally be up to a maximum of 8 to 12 weeks.
These effects usually go away after some time. If you are worried talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The following effects may occur at anytime during your treatment
● Difficulty remembering new things, this may be at the same time as changed or strange behaviour.
● Constipation or diarrhoea.
● Skin rashes, itchy skin and reddening of the skin.
● A higher or lower interest in sex.
● Difficulty passing water (urinating).
You can become dependent on benzodiazepine medicines, like Lexotan. This means that if you stop treatment suddenly, or lower the dose too quickly, you may get withdrawal symptoms. The
symptoms can include:
● Muscle pain and feeling restless.
● Feeling very worried, tense, confused or bad tempered.
● Diarrhoea. Less common withdrawal symptoms include:
● Fits (seizures).
How to store Lexotan
● Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
● Do not use Lexotan after the expiry date printed on the pack. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
● Keep Lexotan tablets in their original packaging to protect from light and moisture.
● Lexotan tablets should not be stored above 25°C.
Other medicines and Lexotan
Please disclose your doctor or pharmacist if you’re taking or have lately taken any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription and herbal medicines. This is because Lexotan can bear on the way several other medicines work.
Also some other medicines can affect the way Lexotan works. In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
● Medicines to treat mental health problems (such as diazepam).
● Medicines to help you sleep (such as zolpidem).
● Medicines for allergies, which make you sleepy (such as diphenhydramine).
● Medicines to treat epilepsy (such as clozapine).
● Cimetidine (used to treat stomach problems and heartburn).
inhibitors). If any of the above apply to you, or if you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you take Lexotan.
Always take Lexotan exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor if you are not sure.
● You will be started on a low dose of Lexotan. Your doctor will slowly increase it until you are taking the right dose for you. Your doctor will give you the lowest possible dose that works for you.
● Your doctor will want you to take Lexotan for the shortest possible time. Lexotan tablets should be swallowed with a drink of water.
● Lexotan is not recommended for use in children less than 12 years of age.
● The usual dose of Lexotan is between 3 mg and 18 mg a day, split into several doses.
● You will normally take this medicine for no more than 12 weeks.
The elderly and people with liver or kidney problems Your doctor will decide how many tablets you should take, and how often. Your dose will be lower than the normal dose prescribed for other adults.
Like all medicines Lexotan can cause side effects, although not everybody will get them. Stop taking Lexotan and see a doctor straight way if you notice any of the following serious side effects-you may need urgent medical treatment:
● Severe allergic reaction. The signs may include:
– Sudden swelling of the throat, face, lips and mouth. This may make it difficult to breathe or swallow.
– Sudden swelling of the hands, feet and ankles.
– Skin rash or itching.
● Heart problems including heart failure (may be seen as breathlessness, swelling of the ankles, cough, tiredness and a racing heart) and cardiac arrest.
● Breathing problems (respiratory depression). Early signs include suddenly noisy, difficult and uneven breathing. Your skin may become blue.
● Being restless, aggressive, angry, irritable or agitated.
● Nightmares and seeing or possibly hearing things that are not really there(hallucinations).
● Mental problems such as, delusions (believing in things that are not real) or losing contact with reality.
● A change in your behaviour that is out of character.
When you start taking Lexotan you may notice the following effects:
● Feeling drowsy, sleepy and tired.
● Feeling little or no emotion.
● Do not throw away any medicines via household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
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