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Bromazepam

Last updated on 24/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Bromazepam 

CHINESE NAME: 溴西泮

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Akamon, Lexotan 

DRUG CLASS: Benzodiazepine 

USED FOR: Anxiety 

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Alprazolam, Chlordiazepoxide, Clobazam, Clonazepam, Diazepam, Lorazepam, Midazolam, Nitrazepam, Pinazepam, Triazolam

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 1.5mg, 3mg (tablets)

What is Bromazepam for?

Bromazepam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. It is used for short-term treatment of anxiety. Your doctor may prescribe Bromazepam to help relieve your tension and anxiety for a short period of time.

How to use it?

Bromazepam can be taken orally. The usual adult dosage is 3 mg 2-3 times daily. The dose may increase up to 60 mg daily if necessary upon professional advice. As for severe hospitalized patients, the usual dose is 6-12 mg 2-3 times daily.

What are the side effects of Bromazepam?

Common side effects of Bromazepam include decreased alertness, dizziness and drowsiness. Gait and coordination problems (ataxia) and confusion are more commonly seen in elderly.

Who should not take Bromazepam?

– People allergic to Bromazepam, other benzodiazepines or any component of the formulation
– 
Patients with severe respiratory disease, severe liver impairment, or sleep apnea
– Anyone with a history of substance abuse since there is a risk of abuse with benzodiazepines

Pharmacist Tips:

– Avoid using opioids or alcohol with Benzodiazepines.
– Patients should avoid abrupt discontinuation of the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Discuss how to stop Bromazepam safely with your doctor or pharmacist.
– Avoid activities requiring mental alertness or coordination such as driving until you know how you respond to Bromazepam.
– Many people who take Bromazepam on a regular basis will become dependent on the drug.

Common dosing schedule:
You can take Bromazepam with or without food.
Do not take the medication with grapefruit juice. 

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Bromazepam may interact with:
– Atypical antipsychotics, e.g. Clozapine, Olanzapine
Cimetidine 
– CNS depressants, e.g. Buprenorphine
Melatonin 

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Bromazepam in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Bromazepam is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Bromazepam in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.