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Chlordiazepoxide is a custom drug classified as a benzodiazepine. It is prescribed by physicians for treatment of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal such as agitation and anxiety. Chlordiazepoxide works within the brain to reduce abnormal electrical activity.

How to Use Chlordiazepoxide

Chlordiazepoxide may be given in a tablet or capsule and is taken by mouth one to four times a day as prescribed by your physician. It can be taken with food, or without. Chlordiazepoxide can be habit forming thus it is important to never take a larger dosage than what is specifically and directly prescribed by your physician. Do not take this drug longer than prescribed. To be effective, chlordiazepoxide must be taken regularly; follow your physician's specific dosage and schedule instructions.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects are possible with chlordiazepoxide so it is important to closely watch for any side effects as you begin taking this drug, as well as throughout your course. Common side effects seen with chlordiazepoxide are:

  • Dizziness
  • Tired Feeling
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Change in Sex Drive
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • Frequent Urination
  • Restlessness or Excitement
  • Blurry Vision
  • Upset Stomach
  • Dry Mouth
  • Change in Appetite

Contact your physician if any of the aforementioned symptoms are severe or are lingering. If you experience any of the serious side effects listed below contact your physician right away or seek immediate medical treatment:

  • Tremor
  • Inability to Sit Still
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Fever
  • Severe Skin Rash
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Yellowing of the Eyes or Skin
  • Shuffling Walk


Warning: Chlordiazepoxide may increase the risk of life-threatening breathing problems, sedation, or even coma if used along with certain medications. Drinking alcohol or using any street drugs while taking chlordiazepoxide can significantly increase your risk of experiencing life-threatening side effects. Taking into account all of the aforementioned, ALL patients considering the use of chlordiazepoxide must first consult with their primary care physician and discuss all potential risks, side effects, medical history and medication history, as well as medications the patient is currently taking or has taken.

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