Librium

(chlordiazepoxide)

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Reduces anxiety.

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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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Quick facts about chlordiazepoxide
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlordiazepoxide)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about chlordiazepoxide
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlordiazepoxide)

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What to expect when you take Librium (chlordiazepoxide) for Anxiety

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  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Confusion
  • Skin rash
  • Swelling in the arms or legs
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Risks and Warnings for Librium (chlordiazepoxide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide) for more than 2 weeks

    If you've been taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide) for a while and want to stop taking it, talk to your doctor, since stopping it suddenly can be very dangerous. Your doctor will tell you how to stop taking it gradually so withdrawal symptoms won't happen.

Common concerns from people taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide)

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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for chlordiazepoxide
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Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide) since it can slow your breathing.