chlordiazepoxide - clidinium
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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Chlordiazepoxide belongs to the class of medications called benzodiazepines. Clidinium belongs to the class of medications called anticholinergics. Chlordiazepoxide and clidinium are a combination of medications used to treat stomach and intestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ulcers.
Chlordiazepoxide - clidinium helps by reducing the amount of acid formed in your stomach as well as by relieving the pain of stomach spasms and abdominal cramps. Often, relief from symptoms occurs with the first couple of doses.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of this medication is 1 or 2 capsules taken 1 to 4 times a day. The capsules should be taken 30 to 60 minutes before a meal, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. For seniors, the dose should start at 1 capsule 2 times a day, with adjustment to the dose as needed and tolerated. It is important that the dose be individualized to your specific needs to avoid excessive sedation or motor impairment.
This medication may be habit-forming when taken for long periods of time. If you have been taking this medication regularly for a long period of time (i.e., more than 1 month), do not stop taking the medication without first speaking with your doctor. To avoid withdrawal effects, a gradual dose reduction is usually recommended when stopping this medication.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If your next dose is in less than 4 hours, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each green opaque, No. 4 capsule contains chlordiazepoxide HCl 5 mg and clidinium bromide 2.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, and talc; capsule: D&C Yellow No. 10, edible black ink (black iron oxide; may contain pharmaceutical glaze, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake, D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, n-butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, SDA-3A alcohol, pharmaceutical shellac, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ammonium hydroxide, and potassium hydroxide), FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Yellow No. 6, gelatin, silicon dioxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Chlordiazepoxide - clidinium should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to clidinium, chlordiazepoxide, any other medications belonging to the benzodiazepine class, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is breast-feeding
- is pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- has a hiatus hernia with reflux esophagitis
- has a history of drug abuse or dependence
- has an enlarged prostate
- has active heart problems
- has difficulty urinating
- has glaucoma
- has intestinal atony ("lazy bowel")
- has liver disease
- has myasthenia gravis
- has ulcerative colitis