In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00518123 ||LECTOPAM 3MG TABLET|
|00518131 ||LECTOPAM 6MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Bromazepam belongs to the class of mediations known as benzodiazepines. It is used for the short-term relief of symptoms of excessive anxiety. It works to reduce anxiety by affecting certain substances in the brain called neurotransmitters.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. 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 stop taking this medication without consulting 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.
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.
Many things can affect the dose of a 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 listed here, 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. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store at room temperature in a dry place and keep it out of reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each pale red in colour, slightly speckled, cylindrical and biplane in shape tablet, single scored on one side, engraved with "Roche 3" on the other side contains bromazepam 3 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: iron oxide red, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and talc.
Each greenish-grey to greyish-green in colour, slightly speckled, cylindrical and biplane in shape tablet, single scored on one side, engraved with "Roche 6" on the other side contains bromazepam 6 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: indigotine aluminum lake, iron oxide yellow, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and talc.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take bromazepam if you:
- are allergic to bromazepam or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to any other benzodiazepines
- have myasthenia gravis
- have narrow angle glaucoma
- have severe breathing difficulties
- have severe liver disease
- have sleep apnea