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Librium Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
- What are the possible side effects of chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
- What is the most important information I should know about chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
- How should I take chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Librium)?
- What happens if I overdose (Librium)?
- What should I avoid while taking chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
- What other drugs will affect chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Librium)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Librium)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of chlordiazepoxide can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, confusion, excitation, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, feeling light-headed, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
Do not drink alcohol while taking chlordiazepoxide. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.
Chlordiazepoxide can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, or depression can add to sleepiness caused by chlordiazepoxide. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medicines, or any other anxiety medications.
What other drugs will affect chlordiazepoxide (Librium)?
Before taking chlordiazepoxide, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- a barbiturate such as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); or
- an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate);
- medicine to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), mesoridazine (Serentil), pimozide (Orap), or thioridazine (Mellaril);
- narcotic medication such as butorphanol (Stadol), codeine, hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin), levorphanol (Levo-Dromoran), meperidine (Demerol), methadone (Dolophine, Methadose), morphine (Kadian, MS Contin, Oramorph), naloxone (Narcan), oxycodone (OxyContin), propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet); or
- an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Etrafon), amoxapine (Asendin), citalopram (Celexa), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), paroxetine (Paxil), protriptyline (Vivactil), sertraline (Zoloft), or trimipramine (Surmontil).
This is not a complete list and there may be other drugs that can interact with chlordiazepoxide. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about chlordiazepoxide.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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