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Clidinium and Chlordiazepoxide

Pronunciation

Generic Name: Clidinium and Chlordiazepoxide (kli DI nee um & klor dye az e POKS ide)
Brand Name: Librax

  • This medicine is a benzodiazepine. The use of a benzodiazepine drug along with opioid drugs has led to very bad side effects. Side effects that have happened include slowed or trouble breathing and death. Opioid drugs include drugs like codeine, oxycodone, and morphine. Opioid drugs are used to treat pain and some are used to treat cough. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are taking clidinium and chlordiazepoxide with an opioid drug, get medical help right away if you feel very sleepy or dizzy; if you have slow, shallow, or trouble breathing; or if you pass out. Caregivers or others need to get medical help right away if the patient does not respond, does not answer or react like normal, or will not wake up.

Uses of Clidinium and Chlordiazepoxide:

  • It is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
  • It is used to treat ulcer disease.
  • It is used to treat certain types of bowel swelling.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Clidinium and Chlordiazepoxide?

  • If you have an allergy to chlordiazepoxide, clidinium, or any other part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Enlarged prostate gland, glaucoma, or trouble passing urine.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with clidinium and chlordiazepoxide.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Clidinium and Chlordiazepoxide?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take clidinium and chlordiazepoxide. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not stop taking this medicine all of a sudden without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of signs of withdrawal. If you need to stop clidinium and chlordiazepoxide, you will want to slowly stop it as ordered by your doctor.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • Avoid alcohol or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • If you are 65 or older, use clidinium and chlordiazepoxide with care. You could have more side effects.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking this medicine, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Clidinium and Chlordiazepoxide) best taken?

Use clidinium and chlordiazepoxide as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take as your doctor tells you. Take before meals and at bedtime.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Change in balance.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Lowered interest in sex.
  • Change in sex ability.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • Very hard stools (constipation).
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Extra muscle action.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Change in eyesight.

What are some other side effects of Clidinium and Chlordiazepoxide?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Change in balance.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Dry mouth.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Clidinium and Chlordiazepoxide?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine is refilled. If you have any questions about clidinium and chlordiazepoxide, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about clidinium and chlordiazepoxide. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using clidinium and chlordiazepoxide.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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