Bentyl vs. Librax

Bentyl vs. Librax

Bentyl (dicyclomine) and Librax (chlordiazepoxide and clidinium bromide) are prescribed to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Librax is also used to treat stomach ulcers and intestinal disorders.

Bentyl is an anticholinergic and Librax is a combination of a benzodiazepine and an anticholinergic/spasmolytic.

The brand name Librax is no longer available in the U.S. Generic versions may be available.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Bentyl?

Common side effects of Bentyl include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Librax?

Common side effects of Librax include:

  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • tiredness,
  • weakness,
  • blurred vision,
  • dry eyes,
  • dry mouth,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • constipation,
  • abdominal bloating,
  • swelling,
  • skin rash, and
  • irregular menstrual periods.

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of Librax (chlordiazepoxide and clidinium bromide) including:

  • decreased sweating,
  • dry/hot/flushed skin,
  • fast or irregular heartbeat,
  • loss of coordination,
  • slurred speech,
  • fainting,
  • uncontrollable or unusual muscle movements,
  • mental/mood changes (such as confusion, agitation, unusual excitement, depression, or strange thoughts),
  • difficulty urinating,
  • decreased sexual ability, or
  • slow or shallow breathing.

What is Bentyl?

Bentyl (dicyclomine) is an anticholinergics prescribed for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What is Librax?

Librax (chlordiazepoxide and clidinium bromide) is a combination of a benzodiazepine and an anticholinergic/spasmolytic used to treat stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and intestinal infections.

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What Drugs Interact With Bentyl?

Bentyl may interact with amantadine, MAO inhibitors, phenothiazines, or antidepressants.

Bentyl may also interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, or anxiety), digoxin, metoclopramide, atropine, belladonna, benztropine, dimenhydrinate, methscopolamine, scopolamine, bronchodilators, bladder or urinary medications, heart rhythm medications, irritable bowel medications, nitrates, steroids, or ulcer medications.

What Drugs Interact With Librax?

Librax may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), or MAO inhibitors.

Librax may also interact with alcohol, barbiturates, or medicines to treat psychiatric disorders.

How Should Bentyl Be Taken?

The usual doses of Bentyl range from from 20 - 40 mg given 4 times daily.

How Should Librax Be Taken?

The dosage of chlordiazepoxide and clidinium varies with the diagnosis and response of the individual patient. The usual maintenance dose is 1 or 2 capsules (5 mg chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride and 2.5 mg clidinium bromide), 3 or 4 times a day administered before meals and at bedtime.

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References

RxList. Bentyl Medication Guide.
https://www.rxlist.com/bentyl-drug.htm#medguide
RxList. Librax Medication Guide.
https://www.rxlist.com/librax-drug.htm#medguide

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