Bromazepam (marketed under several brand names, including Lectopam, Lexotan, Lexilium, Lexaurin, Brazepam, Rekotnil, Bromaze, Somalium and Lexotanil) is an anti-anxiety treatment and a sedative. It belongs to a group of drugs known as benzodiazepines, a class of antidepressants, anti-panic agents, and muscle relaxants. It is mainly an anti-anxiety agent with similar side effects to diazepam (Valium). In addition to being used to treat anxiety or panic states, bromazepam may be used as a premedicant prior to minor surgery.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended starting dose of bromazepam for adults ranges from 6 mg to 18 mg daily, in divided doses. Your doctor may have you gradually increase the dose, based on how well it works and the side effects you experience. Generally, the maximum adult dose of bromazepam is 30 mg daily in divided doses. To avoid excessive sedation or motor impairment, it is important that the dose be adjusted to a person's specific needs. In general, seniors are more sensitive to benzodiazepines and usually require lower doses.
The length of treatment should not exceed one week unless, after that period of time, your doctor recommends otherwise. Bromazepam is normally used for a short period of time or as an "as required" medication. It may be habit-forming when taken for long periods of time. If you have been taking this medication regularly for a long time (i.e., longer than a month), do not stop taking bromazepam without first speaking to your doctor. When stopping this medication, the dose should be reduced gradually to avoid withdrawal effects.
The most common side effects reported are:
Impairments to memory functions are common with bromazepam and include a reduced working memory and reduced ability to process environmental information. In combination with alcohol, impairments in learning capacity became even more pronounced.
Notify your doctor if you develop:
In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of:
Limit alcohol intake because it may increase the drowsiness and dizziness caused by this medication. Because this medication may make you drowsy/dizzy, use caution performing task requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Benzodiazepines require special precaution if used in elderly, pregnant, child, alcohol- or drug-dependent individuals and individuals with comorbid psychiatric disorders. The elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Bromazepam may be excreted into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially of: anti- seizure medication, antidepressants, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), narcotic pain relievers, sleeping pills, tranquilizers. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
Try to take each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Lexotan (Bromazepam) 6mg has to be stored at a room temperature of not more than 77 degrees F, equivalent to 25 degrees C. It should also be placed in a container which is tightly-closed and without humidity. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.