Librium Dosage

Generic name: chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride
Dosage form: capsule, gelatin coated

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Because of the wide range of clinical indications for Librium, the optimum dosage varies with the diagnosis and response of the individual patient.  The dosage, therefore, should be individualized for maximum beneficial effects.

ADULTS USUAL DAILY DOSE
Relief of Mild and Moderate Anxiety Disorders and Symptoms of Anxiety 5 mg or 10 mg, 3 or 4 times daily
Relief of Severe Anxiety Disorders and Symptoms of Anxiety 20 mg or 25 mg, 3 or 4 times daily
Geriatric Patients, or in the presence of debilitating disease 5 mg, 2 to 4 times daily

Preoperative Apprehension and Anxiety:  On days preceding surgery, 5 to 10 mg orally, 3 or 4 times daily.  If used as preoperative medication, 50 to 100 mg IM* 1 hour prior to surgery.

PEDIATRIC PATIENTS USUAL DAILY DOSE
Because of the varied response of pediatric patients to CNS-acting drugs, therapy should be initiated with the lowest dose and increased    as required.  Since clinical experience in pediatric patients under 6 years of    age is limited, the use of the drug in this age group is not recommended. 5 mg, 2 to 4 times daily (may be increased in some pediatric patients to 10 mg, 2 to 3 times daily)

For the relief of withdrawal symptoms of acute alcoholism, the parenteral form* is usually used initially.  If the drug is administered orally, the suggested initial dose is 50 to 100 mg, to be followed by repeated doses as needed until agitation is controlled – up to 300 mg per day.  Dosage should then be reduced to maintenance levels.

*See package insert for Injectable Librium (chlordiazepoxide HCl).

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