How Chlordiazepoxide Works and What to Tell Your Doctor
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking chlordiazepoxide if you have:
- Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse (see Librium and Alcohol)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Librium and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Librium and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Chlordiazepoxide to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does Chlordiazepoxide Work?Chlordiazepoxide is part of a group of medicines known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have several different effects on the body, including:
All benzodiazepines can have each of these effects to some degree, depending on the specific medication and the dosage. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why chlordiazepoxide and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).