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Chlordiazepoxide HCl injection
CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE - INJECTION

(klor-dye-azz-eh-POX-ide)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Librium

Uses

This medication is used to treat anxiety. It is also used for alcohol withdrawal.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection into a vein (IV) or muscle (IM) by a health care professional. The solution should be prepared just before using. Discard any unused solution. For IM use, prepare the solution only with the special liquid provided. For intravenous use, prepare the solution with saline or sterile water. Use this medication exactly as directed. Do not increase the dose or use it more often or continue using this for longer than prescribed.

Side Effects

Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, headache or irritation at the injection site may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: a rapid heart rate, chest pain, yellowing of eyes or skin, mood changes, coordination problems, strange thoughts, mental confusion, depression. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, seizure disorders, allergies. To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly. Alcoholic beverages will intensify these effects. Limit alcohol intake. Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness if this medication makes you drowsy. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this medication. This drug may pass into breast milk and have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter and prescription medication you may use including: sedatives, antidepressants, cimetidine, narcotic pain relievers, other medicines that make you drowsy (including certain antihistamines such as diphenhydramine). Antihistamines are present in many cough-and-cold products. Check labels carefully for these drugs. Consult your pharmacist if you are uncertain your medicines contain antihistamines. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, slow reflexes, clumsiness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store powder at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Refrigerate the special liquid provided for mixing the drug.