Paxipam (Halazepam)


Paxipam also known as Halazepam is a benzodiazepine that anxiety, anxiety disorders and nervousness. It is no longer commercially available in the United States.


Side effects associated with Paxipam include:

  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Decrease in libido
  • Vivid dreams
  • Hallucinations
  • Problems urinating
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in vision
  • Rash
  • Altered mental status/confusion
  • Jaundice
  • Sores in mouth/throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of lips/mouth/tongue

Paxipam can be habit forming. For this reason anyone taking Paxipam should take it only under the supervision of a health care provider and should be abruptly discontinued. Gradual reduction in dosage under a doctor’s care will help prevent withdrawal symptoms. Because Paxipam can cause drowsiness operating heavy machinery or diving should be avoided.

Paxipam contraindications

People with certain medical conditions may not be a candidate for Paxipam use. Anyone considering taking Paxipam with the following conditions should discuss it with their health care provider:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Certain types of glaucoma
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Respiratory illness
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideations

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or considering pregnancy should not take Paxipam without physician approval.

Possible drug interactions

Other medications or drugs may cause interactions with Paxipam and increase known side effects. Alcohol should be avoided while taking Paxipam as it causes drowsiness as well. Medications that also cause drowsiness should not be taken along with Paxipam. These include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Pain relievers
  • Seizure medications
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Antihistamines
  • Sleeping pills and sedatives

Because Paxipam is no longer commercially available in the United States, anyone considering taking it should consult with their health care provider before doing so.


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