What is chlordiazepoxide-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Chlordiazepoxide is a psychotropic agent that is
used to manage symptoms associated with
anxiety disorders. It is a long acting
benzodiazepine that is available for oral administration. Examples of other members of the
benzodiazepine include:

Chlordiazepoxide has anti-anxiety, sedative, appetite-stimulating, and weak
pain relieving properties. The exact mechanism of how chlordiazepoxide provides
therapeutic benefits is not yet understood. However, current understanding of
benzodiazepines indicates that they enhance or increase the activity of GABA, an
inhibitory neurotransmitter, a chemical that cells in the brain use to suppress
the activity of other cells.

Chlordiazepoxide was initially approved by the US FDA in 1960. The injectable
formulation of chlordiazepoxide is no longer available in the US.

What brand names are available for chlordiazepoxide-oral?


Is chlordiazepoxide-oral available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for chlordiazepoxide-oral?


What are the side effects of chlordiazepoxide-oral?

Reported side effects include:

Serious side effects that have been reported are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/10/2017

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