is a trade name for Chlordiazepoxide, a benzodiazepine-type tranquilizer, which
is used primarily to treat short-term anxiety, specifically in those undergoing
alcohol withdrawal treatment. It is a Schedule IV drug.
Alternative & street names
generic term for Librium is Chlordiazepoxide, and it is marketed under other
brand names, such as Libritabs, Mesural,
Multum, Novapam, Risolid, Silibrin, Sonimen and Tropium.
is it taken?
Librium should be taken orally as a
tablet usually 1 to 4 times per day.
Most commonly prescribed to treat
alcohol withdrawal syndrome within a supervised treatment facility, Librium may
also be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome or as a short-term treatment
(2-4 weeks) of acute anxiety. Librium makes users drowsy, so users
should avoid driving; consuming alcohol can add to the drug’s drowsiness
cigarettes could decrease the drug’s effectiveness.
on the mind/body and health risks
Librium is an effective short-term
treatment but not an effective long-term treatment for insomnia because
patients develop a tolerance for the drug that cancels out its sleep-inducing
Librium loses its sleep inducing
properties in a user within two weeks, but can effectively control anxiety for
up to four months.
Common Librium side effects include confusion,
constipation, drowsiness, fainting, altered sex drive, liver problems, lack of
muscle coordination, nausea, menstrual irregularities, rash, or fluid retention.
of abuse of Librium
Librium can be abused like any other
tranquilizer of the benzodiazepine class of drugs. The bodies of Librium
addicts are unable to function normally without regular doses of the drug.
Because Librium slows down brain activity, when users stop taking it their
brain activity often begins to race out of control.
Users who overdoses on Librium may
exhibit symptoms such as difficulty staying awake, mental confusion,
hypotension, respiratory depression, impaired motor function, reflexes, coordination,
balance, dizziness or muscle weakness, or coma.
As none of the withdrawal symptoms
for Librium are seriously life-threatening, addicts can wean themselves off
Librium under the care of a doctor in an out-patient setting by a gradually
due to the strong psychological dependence on the drug, a 24/7 in-patient detox
facility might also be considered.
Withdrawal from Librium can cause
physical dependence, addiction and benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome with
symptoms similar to alcohol withdrawal.
If usage is stopped abruptly, the
effects of withdrawal can be quite severe, with symptoms including convulsions,
catatonia, suicide ideation, hyperthermia, delusions, homicide ideations and/or
violence, PTSD, psychosis, mania, confusion, or delirium tremens.
If the Librium dosage
is gradually lowered over time, withdrawal symptoms would be less severe, but
still might included anxiety, hypochondriasis, paranoia, impaired concentration
and memory, insomnia, nightmares, rebound REM sleep, confused senses – hearing,
smell, taste, vision, muscle spasms, electric shock sensations, dizziness,
headaches, photophobia, dry mouth, flu symptoms, vomiting, hot and cold flashes,
hallucinations, feelings of unreality, depression, mood swings, or irritable