Sounds Like: clor.dye.az.uh.pox.ide
Controlled Substance Act Schedule: IV
Other names for Chlordiazepoxide
Chlordiazepoxide was patented in 1958 and put on the market as an available prescription in 1960 under the name of Librium. The drug was discovered by accident and was also the first benzodiazepine ever discovered. One day in 1957, Beryl Kappell, a technician working on a years-long project looking for new muscle relaxant drugs, discovered that she had accidentally stumbled across a highly-effective substance that accomplished what they had been searching for. Valium (diazepam) hit the market three years after the discovery and marketing of Librium. Chlordiazepoxide is a central nervous system depressant and activates the GABA receptors in the body. It can be used to treat alcoholism and anxiety in patients.
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Chlordiazepoxide was intended to be used for treating anxiety as-needed in individuals who didn’t require a long-term prescription for a benzodiazepine.
Chlordiazepoxide is meant for short-term treatment of anxiety in individuals prescribed the drug. It can also be prescribed for those suffering from alcohol withdrawals. A standard dose is anywhere from 5-25mg in a single capsule pill. Those who abuse the drug simply abuse either the powder inside or take the pills in excess at will.
As a sedative drug, chlordiazepoxide can cause death in certain individuals through improper dosing and misuse. Common side effects of the drug may include:
Chlordiazepoxide can cause addiction and benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome. Withdrawal from chlordiazepoxide can lead to symptoms similar to those seen with alcohol and barbiturates. Benzodiazepine treatment should be discontinued as soon as possible through supervised drug tapering. Excessive dosing can cause the following symptoms in users:
difficulty staying awake
prioritizing use of the drug over spending time with family or friends
accessing the chlordiazepoxide through illegal means
Librium is the real-life version of the drug that the Queen’s Gambit character Beth Harmon abuses throughout the show.
Chlordiazepoxide and other similar benzo drugs were some of the first pharmaceutical interventions ever developed for depression and anxiety.