Like other benzodiazepines, Librium is a habit-forming, psychotropic drug. Users who are prescribed Librium for a legitimate medical purpose (to treat insomnia or anxiety) can still develop a dependence on the drug.
Some people start abusing Librium by ramping up their dosage to better feel the drug’s effects. Others start using Librium to get high or to enhance the effects of other drugs. Those with underlying mental conditions are also at a greater risk of becoming addicted to Librium.
When a Librium addiction is forming, a user may exhibit the following behavioral signs:
- Doctor shopping to get more Librium prescriptions
- Misusing the drug by taking higher dosages than recommended
- Lying to family members about Librium use
- Resorting to illegal methods to obtain the drug, such as forging prescriptions
- Making Librium use the focus of their day
- Neglecting normal responsibilities or relationships
- Wanting to quit taking Librium, but being unable to do so
- Struggling financially due to cost of getting Librium
Physical signs of a Librium addiction include:
- A need for higher doses to feel the effects of Librium (tolerance)
- Sweating, rapid heart rate, tremors when trying to stop the drug (withdrawal)
After a dependence has developed, abruptly ending use of Librium will cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Even taking the prescribed dosage of Librium for just six to eight weeks can result in withdrawal. The withdrawal process can be very uncomfortable and is best managed by a medical professional.
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Understanding Librium (Chlordiazepoxide)
Librium is the brand name of Chlordiazepoxide. It was the first benzodiazepine to be synthesized, hitting the market in the 1950s. Librium is a schedule IV regulated drug as classified by the Controlled Substances Act.
Librium is a white, crystalline substance that comes in multi-colored capsules. The drug comes in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 25 mg strengths. It is typically swallowed in capsule form. The contents of the capsule can also be snorted or mixed with water and injected.
The half-life of Librium is 10 to 30 hours, making it a moderate to long acting benzodiazepine. It can take several hours to feel the full effects of Librium.
|How Long Do Benzos Stay in the Body?|
|Length of Action||Short-acting||Intermediate||Long-acting|
|Time||2-4 hours||12-15 hours||10-30 hours|
Street names for Librium include:
- Blue bombs
- Nerve pills
Librium Effects and Abuse
Librium causes the user to feel very relaxed, which is the primary reason people abuse the drug. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders or insomnia often abuse Librium for its calming effects.
If taken in large doses, Librium can produce a “high” similar to alcohol intoxication.
Combining Librium with other drugs is dangerous, as it increases the risk of overdose. Symptoms of Librium overdose include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Slowed reflexes
- Low blood pressure
Overdosing on Librium can be fatal. If you are worried that an overdose is occurring in others or yourself, seek medical attention immediately.