Chlordiazepoxide (Librium® and generic) is a benzodiazepine that is used as an anxiolytic. Here is basic information about this medication.
1. Generalized anxiety disorder
2. Short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety
3. Withdrawal symptoms of acute alcoholism
4. Preoperative apprehension and anxiety
Relief of mild and moderate anxiety disorders and symptoms of anxiety
Usual: 5–10 mg, 3-4 times daily
Relief of severe anxiety disorders and symptoms of anxiety
Usual: 20 to 25 mg, 3 to 4 times daily
Preoperative apprehension and anxiety
On days preceding surgery, 5 to 10 mg orally, 3 or 4 times daily. If used as preoperative medication, 50 to 100 mg IM 1 hour prior to surgery.
Withdrawal symptoms of acute alcoholism
Usually parenteral form is used initially. Alternatively, initial dose of 50 to 100 mg orally, repeated as needed until agitation is controlled, up to 300 mg/day may be prescribed. Dosage should then be reduced to maintenance levels.
B. Geriatric patients, or in the presence of debilitating disease
Usual: 5 mg, 2-4 times daily
C. Pediatric Patients (6 years or older)
Initiate with the lowest possible dose and increase as required
Usual: 5 mg, 2-4 times daily or 10 mg, 2-3 times daily
Dosage forms and strengths
Capsules: 5 mg, 10 mg, 25 mg
Please refer to Prescribing Information (see link below) for complete discussion of dosage, administration, warnings and precautions, contraindications, etc.
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