By Ovation Pharms

What is this medication for?

Clorazepate belongs to the class of medications known as benzodiazepines. It is used for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. It may also be used under medical supervision to help with alcohol withdrawal or in the treatment of certain types of seizures. It works by slowing down the nervous system.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Tranxene® is available as:

  • tablets
    • 3.75 mg
    • 7.5 mg
    • 15 mg
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended adult dose of clorazepate ranges from approximately 3.75 mg to 45 mg daily in divided doses. This medication is habit-forming when used for extended periods of time. Do not use this medication in higher doses or for longer periods than prescribed.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones above, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Clorazepate should not be taken by anyone who has:

  • an allergy to clorazepate, to any of the ingredients of the medication, or to any of the other medications belonging to the benzodiazepine class
  • acute narrow angle glaucoma

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