Librax - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Librax : Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Librax?

Librax is a medication indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, and acute enterocolitis. Librax is a fixed-dose combination of chlordiazepoxide (5 mg) and clidinium (2.5 mg) manufactured by Abbott laboratories. Chlordiazepoxide acts by suppressing the abnormal activity of the brain, and clidinium works by relaxing stomach muscles. Tablets and capsules are the only available dosage forms. It is a prescription drug and should be taken in doses and frequency as suggested by your doctor.

What are the uses of Librax?

  • Indicated for irritable bowel syndrome—a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by an irritable large intestine often leading to frequent diarrhoea, bleeding, abdominal cramps, stomach pain, flatulence, and bloating.
  • Effectively relieves sudden stomach cramps and pain by slowing down the gut movement.
  • Relaxes stomach and intestine muscles.
  • Helps relieve stomach discomfort—promotes easy gas passage.
  • Reduces anxiety and produces a calming effect on the nerves and the brain.
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What are the side effects of Librax?

The majority of side effects of Librax are self-limiting and resolve gradually without medical attention. However, if any side effects start to bother you or get worse, you should immediately consult your doctor.

Common side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Difficult urination
  • Memory impairment

Serious side effects:

  • Drug dependence
  • Depression
  • Fainting
  • Tachycardia
  • Liver disorders
  • Dry skin
  • Mood changes
  • Loss of coordination
  • Allergic reaction (rare)

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Frequently Asked Questions about Librax

1. Is Librax a controlled substance?

Per the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Librax is not a controlled substance. However, it is a prescription drug and should only be taken as advised by your doctor. Further, Librax has the potential to cause drug dependence; hence, self-medication is not recommended. You can consult our experts for the best medical advice on the uses and side effects of Librax.

2. How long does it take for Librax to work?

Librax starts its action approximately within 30 minutes to 1 hour; however, it may vary from person to person. For best results, it is recommended to take Librax empty stomach, usually 1 hour before meals; otherwise, food might interfere with its absorption. Further, we recommend you consult our medical experts for opinions on the usage of Librax.

3. Is Librax a narcotic?

Librax is not a narcotic drug. Chlordiazepoxide (one of the constituents of Librax) belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Narcotic drugs by classification are drugs that typically belong to natural or artificial opioids and are known to produce euphoria and a feeling of well-being.

4. Is Librax an opioid?

No, Librax is not an opioid. Librax belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs that have a sedating and hypnotic effect on the brain. Opioid, on the other hand, is a drug class that acts on opioid receptors on the nerve cells in the brain. Opioids are prescribed for severe or persisting pain.

5. Can Librax cause constipation?

Constipation is a common side effect of Librax. Clidinium (one of the active constituents of Librax) belongs to the anticholinergic class of drugs and acts by slowing down the movement of the intestine and leads to constipation. We recommend you consult our experts for the best medical advice for the management of constipation while on Librax.

6. Can Librax cause diarrhoea?

Usually, Librax is used to treat diarrhoea associated with irritable bowel syndrome. It acts by slowing down the movement of the intestine and causes constipation as a common side effect. However, diarrhoea of low intensity might occur as a rare side effect in some individuals. You should consult your doctor if diarrhoea starts to bother you.

7. When to take Librax?

Librax is a prescription medication and should be strictly taken at the dose and frequency advised by your doctor. It should be taken without food, preferably around 1 hour before meals at night for best results. However, your doctor might prescribe it for twice-daily administration, depending on your symptoms. Reach out to our medical consultants for expert opinions on the best time to take it.

8. Is Librax safe?

Librax is a safe medication at the prescribed dose and frequency. However, if you experience any severe side effects that persist or worsen, you should seek medical attention. Librax also has the potential for drug dependence, abuse, or misuse. You can reach out to our medical experts for valid information on the dosage, frequency, and safety profile of Librax.

9. Can I take Librax for anxiety?

Librax contains chlordiazepoxide—a benzodiazepine that is an effective anti-anxiety drug. It acts by reducing the excessive and abnormal activity of the brain cells and calms you down. However, Librax is not recommended for self-medication and should be diligently taken as prescribed by your doctor. You can consult our team of medical experts for the best medications to treat anxiety and related disorders.

10. Is Librax good for gastritis?

Librax is useful in treating gastric disorders such as gastritis, peptic ulcers, and stomach cramps. It helps relieve stomach spasms and flatulence. Librax should be taken at doses recommended by your doctor. Precaution should be taken to avoid underdose or overdose of Librax, as it could lead to reduced efficacy or side effects, respectively. Further, you can consult our experts for treatment approaches for gastritis.

11. Is Librax a sleeping pill?

Librax contains chlordiazepoxide—a benzodiazepine derivative known to have sedating properties. It acts by calming your nerves and brain and induces sleep. You might feel drowsy or sleepy after taking Librax. Intentional or unintentional overdose can cause severe sedation or prolonged sleep; hence, self-administration is not recommended. You can reach out to our medical experts for treatment approaches for sleep disorders.

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