Compare Restoril vs. chlordiazepoxide

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Restoril
(temazepam)

Librium
(chlordiazepoxide)

Helps you relax and sleep. Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.Reduces anxiety. Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is good for lowering anxiety since its effects aren't as strong as similar medicines; however, it lasts longer in the body and can be more dangerous in older people.
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Best available price for 30 (15mg) capsules of temazepam
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Best available price for 60 (25mg) capsules of chlordiazepoxide
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5.29Restoril
Reviews for Restoril
65%
of people (All ages) say Restoril is worth it
55%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
Restorilchlordiazepoxide

We haven’t found good data for Restoril side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Restoril »

The chlordiazepoxide FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
Restoril (Temazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain to calm down your nervous system, helping you sleep and be less anxious.Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is a benzodiazepine. It's not clear how Librium (chlordiazepoxide) treats anxiety, but it possibly calms activity in a part of the brain that's responsible for emotional responses.
Type of medication
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
Risk factors for serious side effects
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Restoril (temazepam) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide) for more than 2 weeks
  • Drinking alcohol or taking narcotics
Detailed Librium (chlordiazepoxide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Alcohol
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
  • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide) since it can slow your breathing.
Sleep
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
  • Restoril (Temazepam) can make you dizzy and drowsy, especially when combined with alcohol and many other medicines that acts in your brain. It is not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
  • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
  • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
  • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is available as a generic.
  • Because Librium (chlordiazepoxide) lasts longer in the body, it's preferred for alcohol withdrawal since it's less likely to cause seizures.
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide) can be used by itself, or with antidepressants to help lower anxiety.
Downsides and risks
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
  • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
  • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
  • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
  • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
  • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide) lasts much longer in older people, so it's not safe to use if you're age 65 or older.
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is not as strong as similar medicines, so it's only really useful to calm anxiety and for alcohol withdrawal.
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide) can be addictive, so you should use it for as short of a time as possible.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Restorilchlordiazepoxide
  • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
  • Starts working within 45 minutes.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
  • Take it only if you can get a full night's rest.
  • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice any changes to your memory or mood.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide) since it can slow your breathing.
  • You should take Librium (chlordiazepoxide) for as short amount of time as possible to treat your anxiety. Librium (chlordiazepoxide) can be addictive.
  • If you've taken Librium (chlordiazepoxide) for a long time, don't stop taking it suddenly without talking to your doctor first. It can be very dangerous.
  • Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration while taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide) since it can make you sleepy. This can be worse if you drink alcohol or take narcotics.
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