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Chlordiazepoxide overdose

Alternative names

Chlordiazepoxide poisoning is an overdose of chlordiazepoxide, an anti-anxiety medication.

Poisonous Ingredient


Where Found

  • Librium
  • Librax
  • Limbitrol
  • Equibral
  • A-Poxide
  • Mitran
Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • Body as a whole
    • Weakness
    • Tremor
    • Incoordination
    • Low body temperature
    • Facial muscle stiffness
    • Dry mouth
  • Respiratory
    • Labored breathing
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • Double vision or blurred vision
    • Rapid side-to-side movement of the eyes
    • Dilated pupils
  • Skin
    • Rash
    • Bluish colored lips and fingernails
    • Jaundice
  • Gastrointestinal
    • Upset stomach
    • Heart and blood vessel
    • Low blood pressure
  • Nervous system
    • Drowsiness
    • Depression
    • Stupor or coma
    • Dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Memory loss
    • Withdrawal seizures

Home Treatment

DO NOT induce vomiting.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • Patient's age, weight, and condition
  • The name of the product (ingredients and strengths if known)
  • When it was swallowed
  • The amount swallowed
  • If the medication was prescribed for the patient

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

Call Poison Control or your local emergency number -- they will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. If possible, take the container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
  • Administering activated charcoal
  • Administering a laxative
  • Emptying the stomach ( gastric lavage )
  • Treating the symptoms

Expectations (prognosis)

With proper care, full recovery can be expected. Exceptions may include patients with aplastic anemia .

Update Date: 2/9/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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