Librax

Generic Name: Chlordiazepoxide

  • What is Librax?

    Librax is used with other medications to treat peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (irritable colon, spastic colon, mucous colitis), and acute enterocolitis (inflammation of the colon and small intestine).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Librax?

    Because of its sedative effects, you should not operate heavy machinery, drive, or engage in other hazardous tasks that require you to be mentally alert while you are taking Librax.

  • Who should not take Librax?

    Do not take Librax if you have glaucoma (elevated pressure in the eye), an enlarged prostate, or a bladder obstruction. If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to any component of this drug, you should not take Librax.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Librax?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Librax. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have glaucoma, difficulty urinating or a bladder obstruction, an enlarged prostate, or a history of drug abuse.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose is one or two capsules, three or four times a day before meals and at bedtime.

    Elderly and debilitated patients: The initial dose should be no more than two capsules a day, gradually increased as needed.

  • How should I take Librax?

    Take Librax before meals and at bedtime.

  • What should I avoid while taking Librax?

    Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Librax, as it may increase its drowsiness and dizziness side effects.

    You should not operate heavy machinery, drive, or engage in other hazardous tasks that require you to be mentally alert while you are taking Librax. Librax can be habit-forming and has been associated with drug dependence and addiction. Be very careful taking Librax if you have ever abused alcohol or drugs. Never take more than the prescribed amount.

    In addition, you should not stop taking Librax suddenly, because of the risk of withdrawal symptoms (convulsions, cramps, tremors, vomiting, sweating, depression, and sleeplessness). If you have been taking Librax over a long period of time, your doctor will decrease your dose gradually.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Librax?

    If Librax is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Librax with any of the following: alcohol, antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine, benzodiazepines such as alprazolam and diazepam, blood thinners such as warfarin, or potassium supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Librax?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: drowsiness, lack of coordination, confusion, dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary difficulties, constipation, fainting, skin eruptions, swelling due to fluid retention, minor menstrual irregularities, nausea, extrapyramidal symptoms (eg, muscle and movement disorders), changes in sex drive, blood disorders, liver problems, yellowing of skin and eyes

  • Can I receive Librax if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Several studies have found an increased risk of birth defects if Librax is taken during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Therefore, Librax is rarely recommended for use by pregnant women. If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, inform your doctor immediately.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Librax?

    Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Librax?

    Store at room temperature.

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