Librium addiction is a serious problem that requires treatment. If a person has become addicted to Librium, he or she may experience withdrawal symptoms when the medication is reduced or stopped. These withdrawal symptoms can include hallucinations, personality changes, or seizures. If you are taking increasing doses of Librium or feel like you cannot stop the medicine, you need to talk with a healthcare provider.
An Overview of Librium AddictionLibrium® (chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat alcohol withdrawal and anxiety. It belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines. Like other benzodiazepines, Librium has the potential to be abused and may cause addiction or dependence. You may have a problem with Librium addiction if you feel like you need to continue to take Librium even when no medical need is present, or if you need to keep taking a higher Librium dosage to feel the same effects.
Librium addiction is more likely to occur if the medicine has been taken daily for a long period of time or in high doses. It is also more likely in people with a history of alcohol or drug addiction.
Understanding CNS DepressantsCentral nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), sometimes referred to as sedatives and tranquilizers, are substances that can slow down normal brain function. Because of this property, some CNS depressants are useful in the treatment of anxiety and sleep disorders. Benzodiazepines are one example of CNS depressants. Other than Librium, some of the more commonly used benzodiazepines include:
- Alprazolam (Xanax®, Xanax XR®)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin®)
- Diazepam (Valium®)
- Lorazepam (Ativan®)
- Midazolam (Versed®)
- Temazepam (Restoril®)
- Triazolam (Halcion®).
Another class of CNS depressant medicines is barbiturates, such as mephobarbital (Mebaral®), pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal®), and phenobarbital (Luminal®).