It belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines.
It is prescribed for short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety, symptoms of withdrawal in acute alcoholism, and anxiety and apprehension before surgery.
Librium is habit-forming and you can become dependent on it.
Librium is prescribed in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
You could experience withdrawal symptoms if you stopped taking it abruptly. Discontinue or change your dose only on advice of your doctor.
Librium side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
Side effects may include:
- Yellow eyes and skin;
- Swelling due to fluid retention;
- Skin rash or eruptions;
- Minor menstrual irregularities;
- Liver problems;
- Lack of muscle coordination;
- Increased or decreased sex drive;
Side effects due to rapid decrease or abrupt withdrawal from Librium include:
- Exaggerated feeling of depression;
- Abdominal and muscle cramps;
Librium is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to librium or similar tranquilizers;
- If you are severely depressed or have suffered from severe depression;
- If you have a hyperactive, aggressive child taking librium;
- If you notice contrary reactions such as excitement, stimulation, or acute rage;
- If you are being treated for porphyria (a rare metabolic disorder) or kidney or liver disease;
Do not take Librium with any of the following drugs:
- Oral contraceptives;
- Narcotic pain relievers such as demerol and percocet;
- Major tranquilizers such as stelazine and thorazine;
- Levodopa (larodopa);
- Disulfiram (antabuse);
- Cimetidine (tagamet);
- Blood-thinning drugs such as coumadin;
- Barbiturates such as phenobarbital;
- Antidepressant drugs known as mao inhibitors, including nardil and parnate;
- Antacids such as maalox and mylanta;
Some children may need to take 10 milligrams, 2 or 3 times per day.
The usual dose for children 6 years of age and older is 5 milligrams, 2 to 4 times per day.
The drug is not recommended for children under 6.
Mild or Moderate Anxiety
The usual dose is 5 or 10 milligrams, 3 or 4 times a day.
Apprehension and Anxiety before Surgery
On days preceding surgery, the usual dose is 5 to 10 milligrams, 3 or 4 times a day.
The usual dose is 20 to 25 milligrams, 3 or 4 times a day.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Acute Alcoholism
The dose will then be reduced as much as possible.
The usual starting oral dose is 50 to 100 milligrams the doctor will repeat this dose, up to a maximum of 300 milligrams per day, until agitation is controlled.
The usual dose is 5 milligrams, 2 to 4 times per day.
Your doctor will limit the dose to the smallest effective amount in order to avoid oversedation or lack of coordination.
The symptoms of Librium overdose may include:
- Slow reflexes;