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People with anxiety or alcohol withdrawal may benefit from chlordiazepoxide. It works by enhancing the calming effects of a certain brain chemical, which causes muscles to relax, reduces anxiety, and causes sleepiness. This medication is available in capsule form and is usually taken by mouth two to four times a day. The dosage your healthcare provider prescribes will be based on factors such as your age and other medical conditions you have.

What Is Chlordiazepoxide?

Chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride (Librium®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions:
(Click What Is Chlordiazepoxide Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Possible Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with chlordiazepoxide. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Coordination problems
  • Confusion.
(Click Side Effects of Chlordiazepoxide to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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