Librium Withdrawal: Symptoms, Timeline, and Detox
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Librium, the brand of drug which contains Chlordiazepoxide is a benzodiazepine that treats stress, alcohol withdrawal and the stress that occurs before surgery. Withdrawal is a common problem among patients who have used it for more than four months continuously.
Librium Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms occur when a brain does not get its dose of the drug. Withdrawal symptoms are a strong sign of addiction. Higher the level of drug addiction, more severe are the symptoms.
When one takes any drug that changes the levels of brain chemicals, the brain will wire into a new balance. As long as the needed amount of the drug is taken, everything looks good.
The real problem starts when a patient stops taking it, most probably due to natural turn off of the therapy. The brain and (now) the body cannot adjust to the drug-free state. As such, will cause a set of bad and often painful problems which are known as withdrawal symptoms.
We can see one of the reasons why more withdrawal symptoms, as in people who stop the drug abruptly.
“Risk Factors For Librium Withdrawal
Withdrawal is not something that hurts only the abusers. Patients may feel those uneasy symptoms even when they have followed every step regarding the drug use. Also, they may also find a friend who abused the drug but seems to be free from the withdrawal symptoms. Certain parts have been known to control the way they receive and feel the withdrawal symptoms.
- A large amount of abuse of Librium, or any other drug or alcohol in the past. It is a general rule, heavier the drug use, greater is the chance for development of withdrawal.
- Genetic characteristics: The genetic cause is unchangeable. It is also likely that having certain genes can make someone more prone to addiction.
Librium Withdrawal Symptoms
Many of the signs of withdrawal are similar to those of alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal from Librium results in a set of symptoms such as seizures, shakiness, abdominal and muscle pain and vomiting.
Abuse can also lead to more problems such as stress, depression, hallucinations, psychosis, loss of memory and (DT).
Note: (DT) is an emergency medical condition that may occur in a small number of patients who have abused Librium or other drugs for prolonged periods. Confusion, fast heartbeat, and high blood pressure are common but non-specific symptoms of DT.
Understanding the Timeline of Librium Withdrawal
Knowing the feeling of withdrawal helps to measure the success of a detox program and also makes it easier for one to feel more comfortable during the time of withdrawal.
- The early problems of withdrawal like disturbed sleep, stress, restlessness and tremors may begin as early as the first 24 hours after the last dose. While in other cases, it can take up to a week for the withdrawal symptoms to develop.
- In the next 2-3 weeks after the first part of the withdrawal period, the problems reach their peak. In this time, the symptoms are more severe in nature often requiring medical help. Typically, the symptoms include psychosis, depression, seizures and loss of sleep.
- The third part of the withdrawal period usually starts in the 4th week after quitting and can last up to 6 weeks. Known as a lag phase and most symptoms have already begun to fade.
- Persistent withdrawal symptoms: A certain number of Librium addicts may crave for the drug even after months of drug-free life. None of the symptoms in this phase are severe and tend to fade as time passes.
Withdrawal From Librium: Detox is the Key, to Begin With
When fighting against the cravings and painful symptoms of withdrawal, not many things seem to provide the desired relief, except the dose of Librium which had given up a few weeks back.
But is falling back into the abyss of addiction the key?No.
The key to relief and start of the treatment is Detox. Librium detox programs are customized therapy that targets the person’s needs.
Experts who have years of experience in treating similar cases design and run such programs. They aim for complete removal of the drug from the body. For the purpose,a patient will have to slowly reduce the dose of the drug rather than a “cold turkey.” This method, also called dose tapering, it offers a more acceptable way to get rid of the drug with minimal withdrawal effects.
Also, a doctor can give certain drugs that correctly treat sleeplessness, stress, and hallucinations.
- Librium withdrawal is a very painful experience that needs an immediate professional care
- Genes and history of drug or alcohol abuse influence the risk for withdrawal
- Delirium Tremens (DT), one of the Librium withdrawal symptoms, is a medical emergency
- Detox can provide early relief and is the best way to begin treatment for the addiction
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- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration. LIBRIUM® C-IV (chlordiazepoxide HCl) CAPSULES. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/012249s049lbl.pdf.
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