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Chlordiazepoxide HCL

General Information

Chlordiazepoxide HCL is used for the treatment of acute alcohol withdrawal and anxiety. This is also used to relieve fear and anxiety before surgery. This medication enhances the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body.

Acute alcohol withdrawal usually occurs when you suddenly quit drinking. Anxiety is a natural response to stress. It is a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come.

How does Chlordiazepoxide HCL work?

Chlordiazepoxide HCL acts on GABA receptors, these are receptors in the brain. This reasons for the release of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain. As this medicine raises the movement of GABA in the brain, it increases its calming effects and results in:

  • Relaxation of muscles
  • Decreased anxiety

Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are stored in nerve cells in the nervous system and brain. In transmitting messages between the nerve cells, they are involved. GABA acts as a natural ‘nerve-calming’ agent and is a neurotransmitter. It helps keep the nerve activity in the brain in balance. It is also involved in inducing reducing anxiety, sleepiness, and relaxing muscles.

Why use Chlordiazepoxide HCL?

Chlordiazepoxide HCL is a type of medicine called benzodiazepine. This is effective for its anxiety-relieving, sedative, and muscle-relaxing effects. This is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Chlordiazepoxide HCL is supplied as capsules for oral use. Each capsule has the strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, and 25 mg. This prescription may also be used for the short-term treatment of anxiety associated with insomnia. This drug will lessen the time taken to fall asleep and nocturnal awakenings. Chlordiazepoxide HCL may also increase the total amount of time spent sleeping.

How to use Chlordiazepoxide HCL?

This medication is usually taken by mouth. You may take each dose with or without food or as directed by your doctor. Take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take more or less than the prescription.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the medicine. It is very important that you take this medication carefully. For the best benefit, take it at the same time each day.

What are the side effects of Chlordiazepoxide HCL?

  • Tiredness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Skin rash
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Headache

Warnings and Precautions

  • Tell your doctor if you have any medical history or any allergies. Tell also your doctor if you have any current medications including vitamins or herbal supplements.
  • Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women. This medication may not be recommended.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor.
  • Keep this far from the reach of children.