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



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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

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine is not generally for use on a regular basis.

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. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • confusion
  • fever, chills, or sore throat
  • hallucinations, nightmares
  • staggering, tremors
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, or 'hangover'
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach upset

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Refrigerate suppositories at least 2 hours prior to use. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

               
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