Uses

This medication is used to calm you just before surgery or other procedures. It belongs to a class of drugs known as hypnotics. It works by affecting certain parts of the brain to cause calmness.

How to use Chloral Hydrate Capsule

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually 30 minutes before your surgery/procedure. Follow your doctor's directions for how much liquid or food you can have before your procedure.

If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Mix your dose with a full glass of water or other liquid (such as fruit juice, ginger ale) before taking it.

Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on weight.

Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or use it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed.

If you suddenly stop using this medication, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as sweating, trembling, anxiety, confusion, seizures, and hallucinations). Withdrawal from chloral hydrate can be severe (rarely fatal). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used chloral hydrate for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal.

When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.

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