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Chlordiazepoxide

Chlordiazepoxide (Libritabs, Librium)

Chlordiazepoxide (Libritabs, Librium) was one of the first anti-anxiety agent (benzodiazepines). It is used primarily for short term relief of anxiety.

It may also be used to treat symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawals and sometimes given before surgery.

Warnings

  • Narcotics may increase the sedative effects of this drug. Do not take other sedatives, benzodiazepines, or sleeping pills with this drug. The combinations could be fatal. Do not drink alcohol when taking benzodiazepines.
  • The habit-forming addictive potential is high. It is possible to become dependent in only two weeks. This drugs should not be taken for more then four weeks on a regular basis. If you have been taking this drug regularly for three or more weeks then do not stop taking this drug abruptly, this could cause psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms.
  • Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
  • Do not take this drug if planning to become pregnant.
  • Do not take if you are breast-feeding.
  • Do not give this drug to children. Only use drug in small doses if over sixty with very close monitoring.

Do not use if

  • You had negative reactions to other benzodiazepines.
  • You have a history of drug dependence.
  • You have had a stroke.
  • You have multiple sclerosis.
  • You have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • You are seriously depressed or if you have other brain disorders.

Symptoms or Side Effects

Common

  • Clumsiness
  • Sleepiness

Rare

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Palpitations
  • Shaking
  • Slurred speech
  • Urination problems
  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble breathing
  • Staggering
  • Trembling
  • Headache
  • Confusion

See doctor

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Palpitations
  • Shaking
  • Slurred speech
  • Urination problems
  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Trouble breathing
  • Staggering
  • Trembling
  • Headache
  • Confusion

See doctor if severe

  • Clumsiness
  • Sleepiness

See doctor NOW

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Staggering / trembling
  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Trouble breathing