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Chlordiazepoxide/clidinium (By mouth)

Chlordiazepoxide (klor-dye-az-e-POX-ide), Clidinium (kli-DIN-ee-um)

Treats stomach or bowel problems such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and enterocolitis.

Brand Name(s):

Librax

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to chlordiazepoxide or clidinium, or if you have glaucoma or an enlarged prostate.

How to Use This Medicine:

Capsule

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
  • Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • Take this medicine before meals and at bedtime.
  • This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how this medicine works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
    • MAO inhibitor
    • Phenothiazine medicine
  • Tell your doctor if you use anything else that makes you sleepy. Some examples are allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, and alcohol.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, bleeding problems, trouble urinating, or a history of depression, mental health problems, or drug or alcohol abuse.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Respiratory depression (serious breathing problem that can be life-threatening)
    • Unusual thoughts or behavior
  • This medicine may make you dizzy, drowsy, or trouble seeing. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • This medicine can be habit-forming. Do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor if you think your medicine is not working.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • Clumsiness, trouble with coordination
  • Fast or slow, or shallow breathing, trouble breathing
  • Severe confusion, drowsiness, muscle weakness
  • Unusual thoughts, mood, or behavior

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Constipation, nausea
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, or sleepiness
  • Dry mouth, blurred vision
  • Trouble urinating

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 6/16/2017
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