Librium Dependence and Withdrawal

Librium Dependence and Withdrawal drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

Some people don't understand why they experience symptoms of withdrawal after taking medications like Librium for a long period of time because they associate withdrawal symptoms with substance abuse, not legitimate drug use. They don't realize that medications like Librium can be habit forming and lead to tolerance and physical dependence after long term use.


What is Librium?

Librium is the brand name for Chlordiazepoxide which is a prescription medication that's prescribed for various medical conditions including anxiety, anxiety disorders, and for controlling agitation and anxiety experienced during alcohol withdrawal. Librium is also sometimes administered to patients before having medical procedures done.

Librium falls into a category of drugs known as Benzo's (benzodiazepines) and the way the medication works is by increasing the effects of a 'natural calming' chemical in the brain known as GABA. The naturally calming brain chemical GABA can slow down or even stop specific nerve signals in the brain leading to a calming effect.

When a person is prescribed Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) the first few days of use they feel sleepy and uncoordinated but after their body adjusts to the effects of the medication, the feelings begin to decrease and go away. With continued use of Librium though, a person can develop a tolerance for the medication and need to have their dose increased in order to achieve the drugs initial effects. Long term use of Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) can lead to physical dependence.

Benzodiazepine Abuse

Benzodiazepines have various effects on the body which include stopping seizures, reducing anxiety, causing sleepiness, relaxing muscles and impairing short term memory. Librium and other benzo's are also known as sedatives, mild tranquilizers and central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Benzo's are widely prescribed drugs and are very beneficial medications but they do have the potential for abuse and many people today misuse them. For instance, some cocaine addicts use benzo's to help relieve the irritability and agitation they experience due to cocaine binges.

Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) Withdrawal Symptoms

After a person has become dependent on Librium if their dose is suddenly stopped, they can experience various withdrawal symptoms. This doesn't mean they abused Librium and become addicted to the medication, they became physically dependent due to long term use. Below are some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with Librium dependence:

  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • Personality changes
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability

References
Livestrong
DEA

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