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Generic: chloral hydrate
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It is used for the short-term treatment of insomnia
               



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What is this medicine?

CHLORAL HYDRATE (klor al HI drate) is used for the short- term treatment of insomnia. This medicine may also be used to decrease anxiety or make you sleep before a procedure or test. It also helps prevent or treat some of the symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal.

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 a drug or alcohol abuse problem
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • mental depression
  • porphyria
  • stomach or intestinal disease or digestive problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to chloral hydrate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals after meals or as directed. 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.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply if you are taking this before a procedure.

If you are taking this medicine regularly and 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?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • disulfiram

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures
  • furosemide
  • medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, such as diazepam or temazepam
  • medicines for hay fever and other allergies
  • medicines for pain
  • warfarin

               
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