Are you about to go in for a surgery soon? If so, your doctor might give you a dose of Librium to ease any anxiety you have toward the procedure.

Here is a brief guide on everything you need to know about Librium including its long and short-term effects on your body, a brief history of the drug, other reasons why it may be prescribed to you, and if you can take other drugs with it. Read on to learn more information!

What Is Librium?

Librium is also known as Chlordiazepoxide and is used to treat anxiety and some withdrawal symptoms when you’re getting over alcohol addiction. A doctor may also give it to you to ease your nerves before major surgery.


Librium is in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines and works to slow down activities occurring in the pathways in your brain. 

Low doses of Librium are perfect for patients with extreme anxiety or those who are trying to fight alcohol addictions. But, it can be highly addictive itself and can have its own negative effects on down the road.

How Is It Taken?

Librium will be given to you in a capsule form and should be taken one to four times a day on an empty stomach. Make sure you read the label very carefully so you don’t risk overdosing on the drug.

If you think you may have taken too much Librium you should contact poison control immediately or get yourself to the emergency room.   

Who Takes It?

Again, your doctor may prescribe Librium if you have an extreme case of anxiety or if you’re feeling anxious going into a major surgery. On top of this, it may also be recommended to you if you have irritable bowel syndrome.

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A Brief History of Librium

Librium was approved by the Drug and Food Administration in 1960 when it was created by ICN Pharmaceuticals. It comes in capsules in strengths of 5, 10, and 25mg.

Though it’s not recommended, the mixture also comes in a powder form which can be inhaled through the nose or mixed in water. It has a half-life of 10-30 hours so it can take a while for its effects to kick in. 

Consequences of Librium Misuse 

Although Librium has its pros, no medication is without its side effects. It can cause withdrawal symptoms on your mind and body if you stop taking it suddenly, for example. If you keep taking it, there could be several long and short-term effects.  

Effects on the Mind and Body

When taking the drug there is a list of effects you may go under starting from minor to severe. Here are a few of the minor ones:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness 
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Diarrhea 
  • Constipation
  • Upset stomach
  • Restlessness
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Blurred vision  
  • Headache
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty or frequent urinating

These next effects are the most severe ones which may occur but there is a low chance of them happening. If you do experience them, you’ll want to seek medical attention right away. 

  • Sluggish walking
  • Fever 
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Horrible skin rash
  • Problems with breathing or swallowing 
  • Irregular heartbeat 
  • Jaundice 
  • Swelling of the lips, mouth, or tongue

Again, these may not happen, but if they do, call your doctor or go to the emergency room.

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Short-Term Health Effects

There are some effects you may notice for a short while when you take the drug. These are short-term effects which will go away over time after your body is more used to it. 

These effects go from mood problems like depression to ones making it difficult to perform regular activities such as fatigue. Most of the short-term effects are those listed above under minor effects. 

Long-Term Health Effects

Librium isn’t meant to be taken over a long period of time and the longer you take it the more you risk becoming addicted. Not only do you face possible addiction, but it’s also been linked to disorders such as dementia.

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Using Librium With Other Drugs 

Before you start taking Librium you should tell your doctor all prescription and non-prescription drugs you’re taking. Librium doesn’t pair well with some medications such as sleeping pills, Prozac, muscle relaxants, sedatives, birth control, and some vitamins to name a few. 

You should also let your doctor know if you use tobacco products as they can increase your levels of drowsiness and blurred vision. Alcohol can also do this, so make sure you don’t consume it while taking Librium.

Which Drugs Are Commonly Used With Librium?

There are many people who have taken Librium along with other drugs such as Ibuprofen and Advil. If you do take these drugs on a regular basis it’s smart to consult your doctor beforehand as there isn’t much data on it. 

Treating Librium Addiction

Librium can be used short-time for conditions such as anxiety or can be given to calm you down before you go through major surgery. It also works well if you have irritable bowel syndrome.

Despite the good it can do, it’s not meant to be used long-term because it can lead to addiction and other disorders. Stay knowledgeable so you can get relief but get it safely. 

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