Librium (Chlordiazepoxide)

Librium (Chlordiazepoxide)

One of the older drugs from the class of benzodiazepines, Librium is used to treat anxiety as well as alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It is a central nervous system depressant.

What is Librium?


Librium a sedative hypnotic generally used to treat seizures, anxiety and sleep disorders. It is part of the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It is also used as a muscle relaxant and an aid for those suffering from memory loss. As a member of the benzo class, Librium works upon the GABA receptors that induce a calming sensation. This action slows the nerve responses in the brain, thus acting as a central nervous system depressant.

Uses of Librium

Librium is used to treat anxiety disorders, not just daily anxiety from stress. It has also been used to help control pre-surgery anxiety. Librium has been used successfully to deal with obsessive-compulsive and anxiety symptoms caused by alcohol detox and withdrawal. It can help ease the shock of withdrawal from alcohol and thus help the body avoid conditions that lead to seizures caused by alcohol withdrawal. Librium is not designed to be taken on a long-term basis. Librium is prescribed for treatment of acute alcohol withdrawal due to its long half-life and unique metabolic breakdown, which, in turn, reduces liability for abuse.

Side Effects of Librium

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Coordination problems
  • Confusion

Librium does have some drawbacks as it can create toxic liver build up, especially in older patients. If the liver is already damaged from alcohol dependence, Serax can be used as an alternative for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal.

Withdrawal from Librium

Symptoms of withdrawal can occur if Librium use is stopped abruptly. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to environmental stimuli
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Nausea
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Tachycardia

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