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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Chlordiazepoxide exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Do not take Chlordiazepoxide for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
Chlordiazepoxide is usually taken as a short-term medicine. It is not advisable to take Chlordiazepoxide long-term. See your doctor if Chlordiazepoxide does not seem to help you.
If you are taking Chlordiazepoxide as a sleeping pill, you should take it only when you have problems sleeping and when you are able to sleep for 7-8 hours without being interrupted. Take it before you go to bed.
You may take Chlordiazepoxide with or without food.
If you have been taking Chlordiazepoxide over a long period of time, you should not stop taking Chlordiazepoxide suddenly as this may cause withdrawal symptoms such as diarrhoea, sweating, depression and irritability. Your doctor will reduce the dose of Chlordiazepoxide gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, or porphyria.
Alert your doctor if you are an alcoholic or if you have a history of drug abuse.
Alert your doctor if you have depression or a history of depression.
If you are taking Chlordiazepoxide as a sleeping pill, take it only when you need to. Try not to make a habit of relying on Chlordiazepoxide to help you sleep. Chlordiazepoxide should only be used for a short period of time. Do not take Chlordiazepoxide for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
Practise good sleeping habits to reduce reliance on sleeping pills. These are some good sleeping habits which you should follow:
- Try to relax before bedtime. Do not engage in strenuous activities.
- Try to go to bed at about the same time every night.
- Have a light dinner. A heavy dinner may disturb your sleep.
- Avoid caffeine in the evening. Caffeine-containing food and drink include coffee, tea, certain soft drinks and even chocolate.
- Avoid drinking alcohol before bedtime.
- Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and airy.
- Avoid taking naps especially in the late afternoon.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Chlordiazepoxide. Do not take Chlordiazepoxide if you are pregnant .
It is important that you do not get pregnant while being treated with Chlordiazepoxide. Use appropriate birth control.
Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Chlordiazepoxide.
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to other sleeping pills, such as diazepam, midazolam, lorazepam and others.
Alert your doctor if you have an eye disease known as glaucoma.
Alert your doctor if you have lung or breathing problems such as sleep apnea, myasthenia gravis, any mood or psychiatric problems, or if you are at risk of falls.
Do not give Chlordiazepoxide to children, unless specifically instructed by the child's doctor.
Chlordiazepoxide is not meant for use in children younger than 6 years old.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol as this may add on to the drowsiness caused by Chlordiazepoxide.
Avoid grapefruit juice.
Why do I need this medicine?
Chlordiazepoxide is a sleeping pill. It helps you sleep if you have problems sleeping (a condition known as insomnia).
Chlordiazepoxide also helps to relieve anxiety and help you to relax before certain surgical or dental procedures.
It may also be used to relieve symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal, such as trembling and confusion.
Chlordiazepoxide may also be used to relieve muscle spasms.
What side effects could I experience?
Chlordiazepoxide may cause drowsiness, dizziness, unsteadiness and blurred vision. Do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert. These effects may remain even the day after taking one dose.
Chlordiazepoxide may also cause rashes, some memory loss, dry mouth, difficulty urinating and changes in your appetite.
Chlordiazepoxide may cause aggressiveness, restlessness, irritability, hallucinations and nightmares in some people. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of these symptoms.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor quickly if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other sleeping pills
- medicines that cause drowsiness such as opioid (morphine-like) painkillers, medicines for mood and personality problems
- epilepsy medicines such as phenytoin, phenobarbitone
- TB medicine such as rifampicin
- gastric medicine such as cimetidine
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.