Alepam 15mg Tablets 25


Drug Name: oxazepam
Our Price $7.39
PBS $12.99
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Alepam 15mg Tablets 25

Alepam 15mg Tablets 25

Product ID: 53758

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about Alepam.

It does not contain all of the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Alepam against the benefits expected for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.

What Alepam is used for

Alepam is used for:
anxiety, such as the anxiety associated with depression
tremor, anxiety and confusion associated with alcohol withdrawal.

Alepam contains the active ingredient oxazepam, which belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. These medicines are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Alepam has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed Alepam for another reason.

In general, benzodiazepines such as Alepam should be taken for short periods only (for example 2 to 4 weeks). Continuous long term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor. The use of benzodiazepines may lead to dependence on the medicine.

Alepam is not recommended for use in children under 16 years of age, as its safety and effectiveness have not been established in this age group.

Alepam is available only with a doctor's prescription.

Before you take Alepam

When you must not take it

Do not take Alepam if you are allergic to:
oxazepam or any other benzodiazepine medicine
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.

Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itching or hives; swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing; wheezing or shortness of breath.

Do not take Alepam if you have:
severe and chronic respiratory (lung or airways) disease
sleep apnoea.

Do not take Alepam if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the bottle has passed. If you take this medicine after the expiry date, it may not work as well.

Do not take Alepam if the packaging shows signs of tampering or the tablets do not look quite right.

If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Like other benzodiazepine medicines, Alepam may cause unwanted effects in the newborn baby if used during pregnancy. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking Alepam during pregnancy.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or wish to breastfeed. Alepam passes into breast milk and may cause drowsiness and/or feeding difficulties in the baby. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking Alepam when breastfeeding.

Tell your doctor if you have any medical conditions, especially the following:
low blood pressure
myasthenia gravis, a condition where there is severe muscle weakness
glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
liver or kidney problems
depression, psychosis or schizophrenia
respiratory or breathing problems
epilepsy, fits or convulsions
drug or alcohol dependence or a past history of these problems.

Your doctor may want to take special care if you have any of these conditions.

Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol regularly. Alcohol may increase the effects of Alepam.

Tell your doctor if you plan to have surgery.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Alepam.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines may be affected by Alepam, or may affect how well it works. These include:
sleeping tablets, sedatives or tranquillisers
medicines for depression, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses
medicines to treat epilepsy
antihistamines, medicines for allergies, colds or travel sickness
medicines used to treat stomach cramps
some medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease
muscle relaxants
strong pain relievers.

Your doctor can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.

If you are not sure whether you are taking any of these medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Alepam.

How to take Alepam

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How much to take

The dose varies from person to person, depending on age and the condition being treated.

Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day and when to take them.

Elderly people may need smaller doses.

Alepam is not approved for use in children under 16 years of age.

How to take Alepam

Swallow the tablets with a glass of water. Alepam can be taken with or without food.

If you forget to take Alepam

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How long to take Alepam for

Take Alepam only for as long as your doctor recommends. Usually, Alepam should be taken for short periods only (for example 2 to 4 weeks). Continuous long-term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor. The use of benzodiazepines may lead to dependence on the medicine.

If you take too much Alepam (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Alepam.

Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

If you take too much Alepam, you may feel drowsy, tired, confused, dizzy, have difficulty breathing, feel weak or become unconscious.

While you are taking Alepam

Things you must do

Take Alepam exactly as your doctor has prescribed.

Before starting any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Alepam.

Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Alepam.

If you become pregnant while taking Alepam, tell your doctor immediately.

If you plan to have surgery that requires a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Alepam.

If you have to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking Alepam. Alepam may affect the results of some tests.

Tell your doctor if you feel Alepam is not helping your condition or if you have any problems. This is especially important if your anxiety attacks become worse or more frequent. Talking to your doctor will determine the best treatment for you.

Visit your doctor regularly so they can check on your progress. You may need to have tests to check your blood and liver function. Also, your doctor can advise you on whether you need to keep taking Alepam.

Things you must not do

Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Alepam affects you. Alepam may cause drowsiness or dizziness in some people. If either of these occurs, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.

Do not stop taking Alepam, or change the dose, without checking with your doctor. Stopping Alepam suddenly may cause some unwanted effects. Your doctor may want you to gradually reduce the amount of Alepam you are taking before stopping completely.

Do not suddenly stop taking Alepam if you suffer from epilepsy. Stopping Alepam suddenly may make your epilepsy worse.

Do not take Alepam for a longer time than your doctor has prescribed. Alepam should be taken for short periods only (for example 2 to 4 weeks) unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

Do not use Alepam to treat any other conditions unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give Alepam to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of

Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking Alepam. Combining Alepam and alcohol can make you more drowsy or dizzy. Your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol while you are taking Alepam.

Be careful if you are elderly, unwell or taking other medicines. You may have an increased chance of getting side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and unsteadiness, which may increase the risk of a fall.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Alepam. Alepam helps most people with anxiety, but it may have unwanted side effects in some people.

All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired
unsteadiness, tremor
nausea, stomach pain
unpleasant dreams
slurred speech
blurred vision
tingling or numbness of the hands or feet.

The above list includes the milder side effects of your medicine.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
behavioural or mood changes such as sudden rage, increased excitement, aggression
signs of frequent infections such as fever, chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
yellowing of the eyes and skin
dark coloured urine.

The above list includes serious side effects which may require medical attention.

Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
any type of skin rash, itching or hives
swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
wheezing or shortness of breath.

The side effects listed above are serious and require urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell. Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.

After taking Alepam


Keep Alepam where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.

Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.

Do not store Alepam or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave Alepam in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.


If your doctor tells you to stop taking Alepam, or your tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.

Product description

What it looks like

Alepam tablets are available in 2 strengths:
Alepam 15 - round pale orange tablet marked OM/15 and G. Each bottle contains 25 tablets and each blister pack carton (hospital only) contains 90 tablets
Alepam 30 - round orange tablet marked OM/30 and G. Each bottle contains 25 tablets.


The active ingredient in Alepam is oxazepam.
Each Alepam 15 tablet contains 15 mg of oxazepam.
Each Alepam 30 tablet contains 30 mg of oxazepam.

The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:
maize starch
quinoline yellow CI47005 (E104)
erythrosine CI45430 (E127)
magnesium stearate.
The tablets are gluten free.
Alepam is made in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Limited
(ABN 93 002 359 739)
Chase Building 2
Wentworth Park Road
Glebe NSW 2037
Phone: (02) 9298 3999
Medical Information
Phone: 1800 028 365
Australian registration numbers:
Alepam 15
AUST R 17572 (bottle)
AUST R 17598 (blister pack)
Alepam 30
AUST R 17573 (bottle).
This leaflet was prepared on
29 August 2005.
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