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Some of the most common side effects of chlordiazepoxide include drowsiness, coordination problems, and confusion. In most cases, side effects are minor and can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, chlordiazepoxide can also cause a number of more serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention. Notify your healthcare provider right away if you develop serious chlordiazepoxide side effects, such as depression, hallucinations, or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Chlordiazepoxide

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride (Librium®). However, not everyone who takes the medication 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 are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with chlordiazepoxide. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of chlordiazepoxide side effects with you.)
 

Possible Side Effects of Chlordiazepoxide

Chlordiazepoxide is an older medication, approved many years ago. With newer medications, the side effects are carefully documented, and the exact percentage of people that develop each side effect is known. With older medications, like chlordiazepoxide, the information on side effects is less specific, and exact percentages are not reported.
 
Some of the more common chlordiazepoxide side effects include:
 
  • Drowsiness
  • Coordination problems
  • Confusion.
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Less common chlordiazepoxide side effects include:
 
  • Swelling or water retention (known medically as edema)
  • Menstrual changes
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Decreased libido
  • Unusual and uncontrollable body movements.
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