Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is the prototype for the benzodiazepines. It was developed as an alternative to barbiturates in the treatment of anxiety.
Librium is considered to be a safe and effective medicine used in the treatment of anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and as a preanesthetic. The drug has lost some of its popularity as newer benzodiazepines have been developed.
If you buy Librium from a legitimate pharmacy, it will not be cut with other substances. If you buy it on the street, you can never truly know what you are buying, and it may be cut with other drugs, which adds to the uncertainty.
Librium that is made in professional laboratories isn’t cut with other drugs. Other substances may be included in the capsules as listed above, but the potency of Librium in the capsules manufactured by professional pharmaceutical companies is determined by the amount of chlordiazepoxide in each capsule.
Counterfeit drugs that are marketed by illicit laboratories, often overseas, may contain fillers or other potentially dangerous products. In some instances, they may not even contain any chlordiazepoxide at all.
While all controlled substances are candidates for counterfeiters, Librium does not appear to be a drug that is highly marketed in counterfeit form. Certain online pharmacies and other illicit sources may attempt to sell counterfeit versions of Librium, but other benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium (diazepam) are more likely to be marketed by illegal operations.
Yes. Although the Librium pills that are manufactured in professional laboratories in the United States have very few additives, counterfeit pills can have numerous issues with adulterants.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the counterfeiting of drugs can apply to brand-name and generic products.
The issue of counterfeit drugs is more of a problem in developing countries than it is in the United States. Despite numerous regulations, the sale of drugs on the internet through illegitimate sources or oversea pharmaceutical companies has exacerbated the problem in America.
The percentage of counterfeit drugs in the United States is as likely very low (maybe 1 percent) except for drugs bought online from foreign countries where the percentage of counterfeit drugs rises sharply (more than 25 percent).
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Numerous potential additives can be in counterfeit Librium. They include:
Some counterfeit drugs are good imitations of the real thing, and others are very poor imitations. The process for spotting counterfeit drugs includes:
Visual inspections by untrained people can be unreliable, and waiting until you experience unusual or detrimental effects after taking the drug can be dangerous. Prevention is the best practice.
Librium is typically indicated for the treatment of anxiety, withdrawal symptoms, and other issues for the short term, as are most of the benzodiazepines.
Long-term use of more than four months is generally not recommended because of the tendency for users to develop significant tolerance to benzodiazepines.
Yes. All benzodiazepines are controlled substances and can be legally obtained only with a prescription from a physician.
Individuals who possess or use Librium without a prescription are subject to prosecution.
All controlled substances are potential substances of abuse, and benzodiazepines are widely abused drugs.
Benzodiazepines are typically abused in conjunction with other drugs like prescription opiates, alcohol, other benzodiazepines, and illicit drugs like cocaine.
Librium is most often available in 5 mg (milligrams), 10 mg, or 25 mg tablets or capsules. Chlordiazepoxide is a whitish substance. Gelatin capsules may also contain other ingredients, including different types of dyes to color the capsules, gelatin, cornstarch, lactose, and talc as binding substances.Pictures of Librium capsules can be found here.
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