What Lexotan is used for

Lexotan contains the active ingredient bromazepam.

Lexotan belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines which are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals.

Lexotan is used for anxiety, tension or agitation. Anxiety or tension associated with the normal stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment with medicines.

Your doctor, however, may have prescribed Lexotan for another purpose.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions why Lexotan has been prescribed for you.

In general, benzodiazepines such as Lexotan should be taken for short time periods only (for example 2 to 4 weeks). Continuous long-term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor.

This medicine may be addictive.

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Do not take Lexotan if:

  1. you have had an allergic reaction to Lexotan, other benzodiazepines or any ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet

Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:

  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
  • rash, itching or hives on the skin
  1. you have severe and chronic lung disease
  2. you have severe liver disease
  3. you suffer from sleep apnoea (temporary stops in breathing when asleep)
  4. you have a muscle weakness disease known as myasthenia gravis
  5. the package is torn or shows signs of tampering
  6. the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed
  • If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.

Do not give Lexotan to children. Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.

If you are not sure if you should be taking Lexotan, talk to your doctor.

Before you start to take it:

Your doctor must know about all the following before you start to take Lexotan.

Tell your doctor if:

  1. you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant

Lexotan is not recommended for use in pregnant women. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of using Lexotan if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

  1. you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed

Lexotan passes into breast milk and therefore there is a possibility that the breast-fed baby may be affected. Lexotan is not recommended for use whilst breast-feeding.

  1. you have any other health problems, especially the following:
  • liver, kidney or lung disease
  • high or low blood pressure
  • you suffer from depression, psychosis or schizophrenia
  • you suffer from fits or convulsions (epilepsy)
  • you have high pressure in the eye (glaucoma)
  • history of alcohol or drug abuse
  1. you drink alcohol regularly
  • Alcohol may increase the effects of Lexotan.
  1. you are lactose intolerant
  2. you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.

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

How much to take

Take Lexotan exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Your doctor will tell you how many tablets to take each day.

The dose varies from person to person depending on age and the condition being treated. The usual dose is between 6 to 12 mg daily. Elderly patients may need to take less.

How to take it

Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.

When to take it

Take the tablets as directed by your doctor. It should be taken on an empty stomach, 30 to 60 minutes before food.

How long to take it

Do not use Lexotan for longer than your doctor says. Lexotan should be used 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 forget to take it

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 it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking it as you would normally.

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

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

If you have trouble remembering your dose, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Lexotan, immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.

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

Keep telephone numbers for these places handy.

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


Product description


Lexotan comes in two tablet strengths, 3 mg and 6 mg. Both strengths are available in packs of 30.

What Lexotan looks like

Lexotan 3 mg tablets are pale red, slightly speckled, cylindrical, biplanar tablets marked with ROCHE/3 on one side and a simple break mark on the other side.

Lexotan 6 mg tablets are greenish-grey to greyish-green, slightly speckled, cylindrical, biplanar tablets marked with ROCHE/6 on one side and a simple break mark on the other side.


Active ingredient – bromazepam

  • each 3 mg tablet contains 3 mg bromazepam
  • each 6 mg tablet contains 6 mg bromazepam

Inactive ingredients –

3 mg and 6 mg tablets contain

  • lactose
  • microcrystalline cellulose (460)
  • talc (553)
  • magnesium stearate (470)

The 3 mg tablets also contain the colouring agent

  • iron oxide red CI 77491 (172(ii))

The 6 mg tablets also contain the colouring agents

  • indigotine CI 73015 (132)
  • iron oxide yellow, CI 77492 (172 (iii))

Lexotan tablets are gluten free.

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