chlordiazepoxide (Librium)

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What is chlordiazepoxide-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Chlordiazepoxide is a psychotropic agent that is used to manage symptoms associated with anxiety disorders. It is a long acting benzodiazepine that is available for oral administration. Examples of other members of the benzodiazepine include:

Chlordiazepoxide has anti-anxiety, sedative, appetite-stimulating, and weak pain relieving properties. The exact mechanism of how chlordiazepoxide provides therapeutic benefits is not yet understood. However, current understanding of benzodiazepines indicates that they enhance or increase the activity of GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, a chemical that cells in the brain use to suppress the activity of other cells.

Chlordiazepoxide was initially approved by the US FDA in 1960. The injectable formulation of chlordiazepoxide is no longer available in the US.

What brand names are available for chlordiazepoxide-oral?


Is chlordiazepoxide-oral available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for chlordiazepoxide-oral?


What are the side effects of chlordiazepoxide-oral?

Reported side effects include:

Serious side effects that have been reported are:

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