What is this medicine?
CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE; CLIDINIUM (klor dye az e POX ide; kli DI nee um) is a stomach relaxant and a benzodiazepine. It is used to lower stomach acid in peptic ulcer disease. It is also used to treat problems of the intestines, like irritable bowel syndrome and enterocolitis.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- history of depression or other mental health condition
- history of a drug or alcohol abuse problem
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- trouble passing urine
- an unusual or allergic reaction to chlordiazepoxide, clidinium, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take before meals and at bedtime. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. If you have been taking this medicine regularly for some time, do not suddenly stop taking it. You must gradually reduce the dose or you may get severe side effects. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice. Even after you stop taking this medicine it can still affect your body for several days.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
- anticholinergic medicines like atropine, benztropine, bethanechol, flavoxate, hyoscyamine or scopolamine
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- medicines for sleep
- phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
- prescription pain medicines
- some medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your body can become dependent on this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional if you still need to take it.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy and fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol may increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.