Chlordiazepoxide is a sleeping pill. It helps you sleep if you have problems sleeping also known as insomnia.
This medicine may also be used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms and symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal.
Take Chlordiazepoxide exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine may be taken with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Do not take Chlordiazepoxide for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor. See your doctor if this medicine does not seem to help you.
If you are taking Chlordiazepoxide over a long period of time, do not stop taking this medicine suddenly as this may worsen your condition. Your doctor may want to reduce the dose of Chlordiazepoxide gradually before stopping it completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- severe liver disease
- severe lung disease
- mood disorder
- myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakness disorder)
- sleep apnoea (a sleep disorder wherein the person's breathing is interrupted during sleep)
as Chlordiazepoxide may not be suitable for you.
Inform your doctor if you have depression or history of depression.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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 drinks 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.
Chlordiazepoxide may cause drowsiness and dizziness. It may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects include any of the following: tiredness, rashes, difficulty remembering, constipation, nausea and difficulty in controlling movements such as unsteadiness in walking.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience the following:
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
- yellowing of the skin, eyes, pain near the stomach area
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other sleeping pills e.g. flurazepam
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g phenytoin, phenobarbital
- medicine to treat TB (lung infection known as tuberculosis) e.g. rifampicin
- gastric medicines e.g. cimetidine, omeprazole
- disulfiram (medicine to treat alcoholism)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Chlordiazepoxide.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.