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Librium vs. Xanax

Are Xanax and Librium the Same Thing?

Librium (chlordiazepoxide) and Xanax (alprazolam) are benzodiazepines used to treat anxiety disorders.

Librium is also used to treat alcohol withdrawal.

Xanax is also used to treat panic attacks.

Side effects of Librium and Xanax that are similar include drowsiness, tiredness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, blurred vision, or headache.

Side effects of Librium that are different from Xanax include swelling, skin rash, or irregular menstrual periods.

Side effects of Xanax that are different from Librium include sleep problems (insomnia), memory problems, poor balance or coordination, slurred speech, trouble concentrating, irritability, diarrhea, increased sweating, upset stomach, appetite or weight changes, swelling in your hands or feet, muscle weakness, dry mouth, stuffy nose, or loss of interest in sex.

Both Librium and Xanax may interact with alcohol, narcotics, barbiturates, or antidepressants.

Librium may also interact with blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, or medicines to treat psychiatric disorders.

Xanax may also interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicines, other sedatives, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicines for seizures or anxiety), birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St.

John's wort, antibiotics, antifungals, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, seizure medications.

Do not stop using Librium or Xanax suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

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What Are Possible Side Effects of Librium?

Common side effects of Librium include:

  • drowsiness,
  • tiredness,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • constipation,
  • blurred vision,
  • swelling,
  • skin rash,
  • irregular menstrual periods, or
  • headache.

Tell your doctor if you have side effects of Librium including:

  • confusion,
  • depression,
  • hyperactivity,
  • hallucinations,
  • slurred speech,
  • trouble walking,
  • facial or muscle twitching,
  • sleep disturbances,
  • trouble urinating,
  • changes in sex drive, or
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Xanax?

Side effects of Xanax include

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Memory problems
  • Poor balance or coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred vision
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Swelling in your hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy nose
  • Loss of interest in sex

What Is Librium?

Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorders or alcohol withdrawal.

What Is Xanax?

Xanax (alprazolam) is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders and the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety in adults. Xanax is also indicated for the treatment of panic disorder in adults with or without a fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment (agoraphobia).

What Drugs Interact With Librium?

Librium may interact with barbiturates, blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, medicine to treat psychiatric disorders, narcotics, or antidepressants. Tell your doctor all medications you use.

What Drugs Interact With Xanax?

Xanax may interact with cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicine for depression or anxiety, antibiotics, antifungal medicines, antidepressants, and barbiturates. Xanax may also interact with birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John's wort, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, and seizure medications.

Do not take Xanax if you are allergic to alprazolam, other benzodiazepines, or any of the ingredients in Xanax. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Xanax. you are taking antifungal medicines including ketoconazole and itraconazole.

Do not stop using Xanax without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you stop using Xanax suddenly.

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How Should Librium Be Taken?

Librium (lorazepam) is administered orally. For optimal results, dose, frequency of administration, and duration of therapy should be individualized according to patient response. To facilitate this, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg tablets are available.

The usual range is 2 to 6 mg/day given in divided doses, the largest dose being taken before bedtime, but the daily dosage may vary from 1 to 10 mg/day.

For anxiety, most patients require an initial dose of 2 to 3 mg/day given two or three times a day.

For insomnia due to anxiety or transient situational stress, a single daily dose of 2 to 4 mg may be given, usually at bedtime.

For elderly or debilitated patients, an initial dosage of 1 to 2 mg/day in divided doses is recommended, to be adjusted as needed and tolerated.

The dosage of Librium (lorazepam) should be increased gradually when needed to help avoid adverse effects. When higher dosage is indicated, the evening dose should be increased before the daytime doses.

How Should Xanax Be Taken?

Take Xanax exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Xanax to take and when to take it. If you take too much Xanax, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine medicine. Taking benzodiazepines with opioid medicines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma and death.

Xanax can make you sleepy or dizzy, and can slow your thinking and motor skills.

Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Xanax affects you.

Do not drink alcohol or take other drugs that may make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Xanax without first talking to your healthcare provider. When taken with alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness, Xanax may make your sleepiness or dizziness much worse.

Do not take more Xanax than prescribed.

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References


Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Librium Drug Information.

https://www.bauschhealth.com/Portals/25/Pdf/PI/Librium_7.05.pdf

Pfizer. Xanax Product Information.

http://labeling.pfizer.com/showlabeling.aspx?id=547

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