Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride and Clidinium Bromide

CHLORDIAZEPOXIDE HYDROCHLORIDE AND CLIDINIUM BROMIDE- chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride and clidinium bromide capsule
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Chlordiazepoxide HCl 5 mg/
Clidinium Bromide 2.5 mg Capsules

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Chlordiazepoxide HCl and Clidinium Bromide combines in a single capsule formulation the antianxiety action of Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride and the anticholinergic/spasmolytic effects of Clidinium Bromide.

Each Chlordiazepoxide HCl and Clidinium Bromide Capsule for oral administration contains 5 mg Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride and 2.5 mg Clidinium Bromide. Each capsule also contains D&C Yellow #10, FD&C Green #3, gelatin, lactose, starch, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride is a versatile, therapeutic agent of proven value for the relief of anxiety and tension. It is indicated when anxiety, tension or apprehension are significant components of the clinical profile. It is among the safer of the effective psychopharmacologic compounds.

Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride is 7-chloro-2-methylamino-5-phenyl-3H-1, 4-benzodiazepine 4- oxide hydrochloride. A colorless, crystalline substance, it is soluble in water. It is unstable in solution and the powder must be protected from light. The molecular weight is 336.22. The structural formula of Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride is as follows:

The structural formula of Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride.
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Clidinium Bromide is 3-hydroxy-1-methylquinuclidinium bromide benzilate, a synthetic anticholinergic agent which has been shown in experimental and clinical studies to have a pronounced antispasmodic and antisecretory effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Structurally Clidinium Bromide is:

The structural formula of Clidinium Bromide.
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Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride has been studied extensively in many species of animals and these studies are suggestive of action on the limbic system of the brain, which recent evidence indicates is involved in emotional responses. Hostile monkeys were made tame by oral drug doses which did not cause sedation. Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride revealed a “taming” action with the elimination of fear and aggression. The taming effect of Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride was further demonstrated in rats made vicious by lesions in the septal area of the brain. The drug dosage which effectively blocked the vicious reaction was well below the dose which caused sedation in these animals. The oral LD50 of single doses of Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride, calculated according to the method of Miller and Tainter, is 720 ± 51 mg/kg as determined in mice observed over a period of 5 days following dosage.

Clidinium Bromide is an effective anticholinergic agent with activity approximating that of atropine sulfate against acetylcholine-induced spasms in isolated intestinal strips. On oral administration in mice it proved an effective antisialagogue in preventing pilocarpine-induced salivation. Spontaneous intestinal motility in both rats and dogs is reduced following oral dosing with 0.1 to 0.25 mg/kg. Potent cholinergic ganglionic blocking effects (vagal) are produced with intravenous usage in anesthetized dogs.

Oral doses of 2.5 mg/kg to dogs produced signs of nasal dryness and slight pupillary dilation. In two other species, monkeys and rabbits, doses of 5 mg/kg, po, given three times daily for 5 days did not produce apparent secretory or visual changes. The oral LD50 of single doses of Clidinium Bromide is 860 ± 57 mg/kg as determined in mice observed over a period of 5 days following dosage; the calculations were made according to the method of Miller and Tainter.

Effects on Reproduction

Reproduction studies in rats fed Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride, 10, 20 and 80 mg/kg daily, and bred through one or two matings showed no congenital anomalies, nor were there adverse effects on lactation of the dams or growth of the newborn. However, in another study at 100 mg/kg daily there was noted a significant decrease in the fertilization rate and a marked decrease in the viability and body weight of offspring which may be attributable to sedative activity, thus resulting in lack of interest in mating and lessened maternal nursing and care of the young. One neonate in each of the first and second matings in the rat reproduction study at the 100 mg/kg dose exhibited major skeletal defects. Further studies are in progress to determine the significance of these findings.

Two series of reproduction experiments with Clidinium Bromide were carried out in rats, employing dosages of 2.5 and 10 mg/kg daily in each experiment. In the first experiment Clidinium Bromide was administered for a 9-week interval prior to mating; no untoward effect on fertilization or gestation was noted. The offspring were taken by caesarean section and did not show a significant incidence of congenital anomalies when compared to control animals. In the second experiment adult animals were given Clidinium Bromide for 10 days prior to and through two mating cycles. No significant effects were observed on fertility, gestation, viability of offspring or lactation, as compared to control animals, nor was there a significant incidence of congenital anomalies in the offspring derived from these experiments.

A reproduction study of Chlordiazepoxide HCl and Clidinium Bromide Capsules was carried out in rats through two successive matings. Oral daily doses were administered in two concentrations: 2.5 mg/kg Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride with 1.25 mg/kg Clidinium Bromide or 25 mg/kg Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride with 12.5 mg/kg Clidinium Bromide. In the first mating no significant differences were noted between the control or the treated groups, with the exception of a slight decrease in the number of animals surviving during lactation among those receiving the highest dosage. As with all anticholinergic drugs, an inhibiting effect on lactation may occur. In the second mating similar results were obtained except for a slight decrease in the number of pregnant females and in the percentage of offspring surviving until weaning. No congenital anomalies were observed in both matings in either the control or treated groups.

Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride and Clidinium Bromide Indications and Usage

Based on a review of this drug by the National Academy of Sciences – National Research Council and/or other information, FDA has classified the indications as follows:

“Possibly” effective: as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of peptic ulcer and in the treatment of the irritable bowel syndrome (irritable colon, spastic colon, mucous colitis) and acute enterocolitis.

Final classification of the less-than-effective indications requires further investigation.


Chlordiazepoxide HCl and Clidinium Bromide Capsules are contraindicated in the presence of glaucoma (since the anticholinergic component may produce some degree of mydriasis) and in patients with prostatic hypertrophy and benign bladder neck obstruction. It is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride and/or Clidinium Bromide.


As in the case of other preparations containing CNS-acting drugs, patients receiving Chlordiazepoxide HCl and Clidinium Bromide Capsules should be cautioned about possible combined effects with alcohol and other CNS depressants. For the same reason, they should be cautioned against hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness such as operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle.

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