Librium Side Effects and Dangers

Librium Side Effects experienced

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Like any other drug, Librium must be prescribed by a practitioner. The usual course of treatment varies between two and four weeks.
If the drug is not administered properly, some side effects can be experienced.

What are the side effects of Librium?

The major side effects of Librium include:

  • Confusion and irritability
  • Vertigo
  • Sedation
  • Depression
  • Restless muscle movements
  • Muscle weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Hyperactivity
  • Allergic reaction
  • Headaches
  • Convulsions
  • Trouble sleeping

The Side Effects of Librium Include

Major side effects include:

  • Confusion and Irritability
  • Vertigo
  • Sedation and Depression
  • Restless muscle movements
  • Muscle weakness, slurred speech
  • Hyperactivity
  • Allergic reaction (rash, swelling, skin blisters)
  • Headaches
  • Convulsions
  • Trouble sleeping

Other side effects involve:

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Painful cramps
  • Irregular menstruation (in females)
  • Trouble urinating
  • Lack of interest and pleasure
  • Decreased libido
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

Rare side effects include:

  • Anemia
  • Blood disorder
  • Decreased lung function
  • Low levels of white blood cells
  • Liver problems
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Gum pain
  • Stiffness in the limbs
  • Hair loss
  • Bronchial congestion
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In some cases Librium can lead to:

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Delirium
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Nightmares
  • Amnesia
  • Jaundice (yellow or green pigmentation of the skin)

These are only some of the side effects that Librium has. However, some patients don’t experience any side effects. Contact a doctor if some of these symptoms were noticed or if they persist.

Also, in a case of sudden abdominal pain, vomiting, fainting, persistent sore throat, yellowing eyes or skin or a severe allergic reaction (rash, itching, swelling or troubles breathing) contact a doctor immediately.

Warnings

In a case of an overdose, motor problems and trembling can be observed. Mental awareness and judgment can also be affected. As Librium can influence the performance of potentially risky tasks, such as driving and operating machinery, patients should be aware of its effect on their daily life.

Some studies on the use of tranquilizers show that there’s an increased risk of malformations in pregnant women. That’s why the use of Librium should be avoided, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy.

The drug mustn’t be administrated to anyone under six years old.

In senior citizens and debilitated patients, common side effects are ataxia and confusion.

To avoid any side effects, tell a doctor if a patient has glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, or a history of alcohol and drug abuse.

Don’t mix with other drugs, such as Xanax, Valium or Ativan, and don’t take Librium with alcohol as that might have an additive effect. Always inform a practitioner about any other drugs a patient is currently on, including painkillers, sleeping pills, barbiturates, and antipsychotics.

Withdrawal Symptoms & Overdose

Withdrawal symptoms are similar to those observed with alcohol and barbiturates: vomiting, cramps, and sweating. More severe withdrawal effects, including insomnia and dysphoria (dissatisfaction), occur after high doses over an extended period. Withdrawal signs are common when the use of the drug is terminated suddenly. A gradual tapering of the dose is a must.

What are the withdrawal effects of Librium?

The withdrawal effects of Librium include:

  • Vomiting
  • Cramps
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Dysphoria

An overdose can lead to severe consequences, including coma and death. Depression of the cardiovascular and respiratory centers may occur, which can be lethal.

Can Anyone get addicted to Librium?

Yes, patients can get addicted to Librium if they use it for an extended period of time (longer than the recommended two to four weeks) or are already prone to drug addiction.

Librium can cause dependency after a long course of treatment and in addition-prone patients. To reduce this risk, take Librium for the shortest period possible.

Librium must be prescribed by a doctor, and it should be taken with caution. Like any other drug, it has various side effects. After long periods of time, Librium can lead to dependency. Always contact a doctor when a patient have any concerns.

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