How Long Does Librium Stay in Your System?

Detection timetable depends on many variables

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When trying to determine exactly how long Librium is detectable in the body there are several variables to consider, including which kind drug test is being used. Librium (chlordiazepoxide) - can be detected for a shorter time with some tests, but can be "visible" for up to three months in other tests.

The timetable for detecting Librium in the system is also dependent upon each individual's metabolism, body mass, age, hydration level, physical activity, health conditions and other factors, making it almost impossible to determine an exact time Librium will show up on a drug test.

The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which Librium can be detected by various testing methods:

  • Librium can be detected in a urine test for up to 1-6 weeks
  • Blood tests for Librium can detect the drugs for up to 6-48 hours
  • A saliva test can detect Librium for 1-10 days
  • Librium, like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

Side Effects of Librium

Even when taken as prescribed Librium can have some unpleasant side effects for some patients. Some common side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Changes in appetite
  • Restlessness or excitement
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in sex drive or ability

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately:

  • Shuffling walk
  • Persistent tremor or inability to sit still
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Severe skin rash
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Irregular heartbeat

Know How Long Librium Remains in the Body to Avoid Overdose

Librium is a benzodiazepine and a central nervous system depressant. It is used to relieve anxiety and to manage the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. It can also be prescribed for to treat irritable bowel syndrome.

Because it is a central nervous system depressant, there is a risk of overdose death. It is, therefore, important to know how long Librium remains in the system.

Symptoms of an overdose of benzodiazepines include:

If you suspect a Librium overdose, call 9-1-1 immediately or call the National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222).

Additional Risks of Taking Librium

Because Librium is a benzodiazepine extra care should be taken if you are also taking opioids for pain. The FDA has found serious risks are associated with the use of opioids combined with the use of benzodiazepines and other drugs that depress the central nervous system, as well as alcohol.

Because of these risks, the FDA has issued its strongest warning—a Boxed Warning—on opioid and benzodiazepine labels. The combined use of these drugs can result in slowed or difficult breathing and deaths.


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