Oxazepam is a prescription drug in the benzodiazepine category. It is usually prescribed for short-term relief of anxiety, tension, agitation, and irritability. It’s also used to treat anxiety and depression associated with alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal from oxazepam can be mild for people who are on low doses but severe for those on higher doses or who have been taking the drug for an extended time.
If you want to stop taking oxazepam, essential withdrawal information is here to provide an informed guide as to what to expect before, during and after.
What Are the Oxazepam Withdrawal Symptoms?
- Accelerated heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Physical tremors
- Muscle spasms
- Weight loss from appetite changes
- Abnormal body sensations
- Joint pain
Oxazepam can also produce withdrawal symptoms it is supposed to alleviate in the first place such as:
- Sleep deprivation or trouble sleeping
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- General anxiety or mood swings
- Panic attacks
- Visual disturbances
What Are the Stages of the Oxazepam Withdrawal Timeline?
You may be wondering how long it will take to go through oxazepam withdrawal completely. The answer is that the duration depends on several factors which are individual to each person. These factors are:
- How long have you been taking oxazepam?
- How high has each dose been?
- How was the dose taken? (tablets, crushed and snorted, injected, etc.)
- If oxazepam was taken with other drugs or alcohol at the same time
- If mental illness or another co-occurring disorder is present
- Your general physical health
- Do you have a history of addiction?
Noting the above, the oxazepam withdrawal timeline is below:
6 to 8 hours: This is the acute withdrawal stage. The first signs of benzo withdrawal may start within six to eight hours and last for two days for short to intermediate-acting benzos such as oxazepam. You may feel anxious, have appetite loss, feel nauseous, and have trouble sleeping. There is a risk for seizures at this stage, which is why it is vital to be medically supervised.
Two weeks: Symptoms continue though some users may feel better before experiencing rebound anxiety and insomnia, which occur in inconsistent periods. This is because the benzo used may have a longer half-life, which means it takes longer to leave the body.
15+ days: Some users continue to recover from benzo use with acute symptoms fading. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS), such as drug cravings, depression, and irritability may appear at any time. Treatment should be continued to help recovering users navigate this rough and uncertain period.
Why Should I Detox?
It is never a good idea to stop taking oxazepam or any benzo “cold turkey.” The withdrawal symptoms can be more intense and spur you to start taking the drug again. The physical and psychological effects of doing that can be daunting and even life-threatening.
A professionally monitored detox in a residential treatment facility provides for the safe withdrawal from oxazepam and increases the chances of a long and successful recovery. An educated and trained medical professional will ensure your physical health conditions are not dire by delivering timely and appropriate medical care in a comfortable environment.
What Is the Next Treatment Step?
Many people find it difficult to quit taking anti-anxiety medications like oxazepam. It’s reassuring to know that the pill is there to quell your unease. However, a life without taking a prescription drug every day is a life of freedom.
It’s recommended to enter a residential or outpatient treatment program following detox. We offer a full continuum of care which covers varied services you may need, such as residential or outpatient plans.
You may be advised to start residential treatment, which involves living at the facility for 30-90 days as you participate in daily therapy — individual and group. In addition, our programs also include motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy to address negative thoughts and learn new practical strategies to combat old habits.
Outpatient treatment will provide you the opportunity to go home after detox, but come to the facility for therapy sessions. It’s a lower-intensity treatment involving clinical services, and therapy for once or twice a week. Sessions might include learning life skills such as how to create and follow a budget, mental health wellness to learn how to handle overwhelming negative thoughts, and continued family therapy.
We adhere to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria for a continuum of addiction care, which is a model of care that nearly every substance use disorder treatment center follows.