Like other benzodiazepines, Librium is a habit-forming, psychotropic drug. Users who are prescribed Librium for a legitimate medical purpose, like to treat insomnia or anxiety, can still develop a dependence on the drug. Some people start abusing Librium by ramping up their dosage because they are no longer experiencing the desired effect. Others start using Librium to purposefully get high or to enhance the effects of other drugs. Those with underlying mental conditions are also at a greater risk of becoming addicted to Librium.
Any abuse of Librium—especially prolonged abuse—increases the user’s chance of developing an addiction.
When a Librium addiction is forming, a user may exhibit the following behavioral signs:
- Doctor shopping to get more Librium prescriptions
- Misusing the drug by taking higher dosages than recommended
- Lying to family members about Librium use
- Resorting to illegal methods to obtain the drug, such as forging prescriptions
- Making Librium use the focus of their day
- Neglecting normal responsibilities or relationships
- Wanting to quit taking Librium, but being unable to do so
- Struggling financially due to cost of getting Librium
- A need for higher doses to feel the effects of Librium (tolerance)
- Sweating, rapid heart rate, tremors and other symptoms when trying to stop the drug (withdrawal)
Quitting Librium is not just difficult without professional help; it can also be dangerous. When people abuse Librium over a long period of time, their neural pathways change as their brain adjusts to the constant presence of the drug. The user becomes physically dependent on Librium to feel normal and function properly. After a dependence has developed, abruptly ending use of Librium will cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Even taking the prescribed dosage of Librium for just six to eight weeks can result in withdrawal. The withdrawal process can be very uncomfortable and is best managed by a medical professional. Even worse, some of the withdrawal symptoms of Librium can be dangerous, or even deadly.
Understanding Librium (Chlordiazepoxide)
Librium is the brand name of chlordiazepoxide. It was the first benzodiazepine to be synthesized, hitting the market in the 1950s. Librium is a schedule IV regulated drug as classified by the Controlled Substances Act. The drug is primarily used as a short-term remedy to treat anxiety disorders and is also used to treat symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal and relax patients before surgery. Like other benzos, Librium may additionally be used to treat insomnia, muscle tension, seizures, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
The drug directly affects the brain and central nervous system, producing a sense of calm in the user. It works by enhancing the effects of GABA, a neurotransmitter in the body. Librium is a white, crystalline substance that comes in multi-colored capsules. The drug comes in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 25 mg strengths. It is typically swallowed in capsule form. The contents of the capsule can also be snorted or mixed with water and injected.
The half-life of Librium is 5 to 30 hours, making it an intermediate to long acting benzodiazepine. It can take several hours to feel the full effects of Librium.
|How Long Do Benzos Stay in the Body?|
|Length of Action||Short-acting||Intermediate||Long-acting|
|Time||2-4 hours||6-12 hours||5-30 hours|