I was given Librium awhile for alcohol withdrawal quite awhile ago and have relapsed. I can't remember what they told me I could take. I have 10mg and 20mg. Help! Thank you!
It varies to how much alcohol you were drinking a day. It can be from 10 mg every 12 hrs titrating up to 20 mg 4x a day, but because librium is a strong medication it can be dangerous if you take too much. I suggest you contact your prescribing doctor to find out how much you should take.
I wa given Librium (the oldest of the Benzos) and worked like a charm. I had been pulled away from the Gates of Hell ! Within 30 minutes my hands stopped shaking, my breathing and heart rate dropped and my appetite returned. This is a very long acting medicine. About 50 to 100 mg. will work well as a first dose and this dose may vary depending how much you drink before stopping. I took it for 5 days with a gradual reduction in strength. And the doses became further apart too. What makes Librium so therapeutic is even after you stop taking it, it continually works for several days due to its long lasting effects. This is not like other benzos such as Ativan which starts working quickly but is short acting. Ativan will not work for very long once you stop taking it. Librium is almost identical to Valium with only a different milligram strength. 25 mg of Librium equals 10 mg of Valium. Any Benzodiazepine will work for alcohol withdrawal but the long acting ones are the best bet.
Some Doctors will prescribe Ativan with Librium to give the patient a quick start with Ativan and Librium for the long duration.
- Librium Information for Consumers
- Librium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Librium (detailed)
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