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As all of the patents for Librium have expired, a generic version of the drug is currently available. Generic Librium is manufactured by several companies and is available in three strengths. The FDA has assigned an "AB" rating to generic Librium, meaning it should be equivalent to the brand-name medication.

Generic Librium: An Overview

Librium® (chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat alcohol withdrawal and anxiety. It belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines.
Librium is currently made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. However, all the patents for Librium have expired, and generic Librium is available.

Strengths of Generic Librium

Generic Librium capsules are available in the following strengths:
  • Chlordiazepoxide 5 mg
  • Chlordiazepoxide 10 mg
  • Chlordiazepoxide 25 mg.

Who Makes Generic Librium?

Generic Librium is made by the following companies:
  • Barr Laboratories
  • Par Pharmaceutical
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals.

Is Generic Chlordiazepoxide as Good as Librium?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic chlordiazepoxide versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Librium.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
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