Librium comes in a number of different colors, but it’s typically manufactured as a capsule.
Librium is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide/chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride and is a benzodiazepine that’s used for the short-term treatment of anxiety disorders and alcohol withdrawal. It can also have a sedative effect before surgery.
As a benzodiazepine, the drug acts on the central nervous system to produce a calming effect. It does this by increasing the effects of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
The prescription drug is also classified as a schedule IV controlled substance by the DEA/FDA, which means it has a lower potential for abuse than other drugs, but it can still lead to dependence and addiction. Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium (diazepam) are also in this schedule group.
What Does Librium Look Like?
What color Librium comes in can differ depending on the manufacturer and the dose of the pill. But no matter the manufacturer, it almost always comes in a capsule.
Green & White
When Librium comes in a 25 mg capsule, it’s typically green and white. The green can come in different shades and the imprint on the capsule can be different, but beyond that, many of the 25 mg Librium capsules are pretty similar.
There’s one 25 mg green and white Librium capsule with “barr 159” imprinted on it and another with “S253 S.”
You may also find a 25 mg Librium capsule that has “960 PAR” printed on the outside of the capsule. Watson, the pharmaceutical manufacturer, also makes a 25 mg Librium capsule that has “WATSON 787” printed on the outside.
There are also 25 mg Librium capsules with “LIBRIUM 25 ICN” and “LIBRIUM 25 ROCHE” imprinted on them.
Green & Black
Librium can also come in a green and black capsule. The capsules with this coloring usually come in 10 mg doses.
As for imprints, there is a capsule with “WATSON 786” imprinted on the outside, one with “LIBRIUM 10 ROCHE,” and another with “LIBRIUM 10 ICN” printed on it.
Green & Yellow
There are also a few Librium capsules that come in green and yellow and most of these are in 5 mg dosages.
One 5 mg Librium capsule with this coloring has “barr 158” imprinted on it while another has “958 par.”
There is also a 5 mg Librium capsule that has “LIBRIUM 5 ROCHE” imprinted on it and another with “LIBRIUM 5 ICN.”
Blue & Yellow
Watson also makes a blue and yellow Librium capsule. It is a 5 mg dose and has “WATSON 785” imprinted on the outside of it.
Possible Side Effects Of Librium
Besides knowing what the drug you’re taking looks like, it’s also important to know what its side effects are.
The use of Librium can come with several side effects and the most common may include:
- blurred vision
While these side effects are usually mild to moderate, they can become more intense or even life-threatening. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about any side effects that occur.
Drug Interactions With Librium
There are also several drugs that don’t mix well with Librium. If you do mix them, they can create a negative reaction and lead to serious symptoms and health issues.
Some of the drugs that shouldn’t be mixed with Librium include:
- some vitamins/supplements
- some antidepressants
- cold/allergy medicine
- muscle relaxants
- opioid painkillers
- oral contraceptives
Medical Conditions & Librium
There are also a few medical conditions that Librium can actually make worse.
If you have any of the following health issues, Librium may not be right for you:
- lung disease
- heart disease
- liver disease
Librium is also not recommended to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The drug may potentially harm the fetus. It can also transfer into breast milk, to the baby, and possibly lead to adverse effects.
Librium Withdrawal Symptoms
If you abuse Librium over a long period of time or take it in high doses, your body will likely build up a dependence on the drug.
Once a dependence is built up, if you try to quit, withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur and may include:
- increased heart rate
- elevated blood pressure
- muscle weakness
- loss of appetite
- memory loss
To make the withdrawal process more bearable, a detox program is often recommended. During detox, healthcare professionals can ease your symptoms and make the whole process a lot more comfortable.
If you or a loved one is struggling with Librium abuse or another form of drug abuse, contact us today to learn about our treatment options.
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