Lexotan is a commercial type of Bromazepam, which, along with Lectopam, Lexilium, Lexaurin, Brazepam, Rekotnil, Bromaze, Somalium and Lexotanil, is a derivative of benzodiazepine. These medications are anti-anxiety medications with similar effects to Valium. They are primarily used to treat anxiety or panic states, though they can also be used as premedication prior to minor surgery.
Lexotan, like all benzodiazepines, works by interacting with brain chemicals to treat stress and anxiety. This medication is too strong to be used for the stress of day-to-day life and should only be used in cases where doctors explicitly prescribe a benzodiazepine. Lexotan should only be taken for short periods of time, usually from two to four weeks. Medication for longer periods of time should only be used if recommended by a doctor. Lexotan is addictive and can only be obtained with a doctor's prescription.
Use of the drug prior to minor surgery is not to aid with sedation, but rather to help alleviate anxiety prior to the operation.
The side-effects of Lexotan are similar to other benzodiazepines, including drowsiness, sedation, ataxia, memory impairment and dizziness. More severe side-effects can include anterograde amnesia, amnesic automatism and dystonia, a neurological disorder. These effects are rare though, and most patients who take Lexotan only suffer from the minor effects.