Generic Name(s): Chloral hydrate
Drug Class: Sedatives, hypnotics
Treats: Insomnia, controlling pain during surgery, symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal.
Aquachloral belongs to a group of medicines known as sedatives and hypnotics. Aquachloral slows down the activity of your nervous system. It is both fast acting and has long-term sedative effects. Aquachloral is used as a sedative or a sleep medicine. It is at times given before surgery to help an individual relax.
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Aquachloral is used before surgery to calm tension and even induce sleep. Aquachloral is also used in the short-term treatment of insomnia. It is also used with analgesics for controlling pain during surgery though this use is now less common. Aquachloral also helps to prevent or treat some of the symptoms caused by alcohol withdrawal. It is also administered with barbiturates during the first stage of labor to induce sedation or sleep.
- Calm tension before surgery
Use Aquachloral as directed. Aquachloral rectal should be used only for a short time, such as 2 to 7 days in a row unless directed to the contrary by a doctor. Take each dose with a full glass of water. The liquid form should be measured with the special dose-measuring spoon or cup and not the regular spoon. At no point should you crush or chew the medicine. Swallow the pill whole.
For oral dosage form (capsules or syrup)
- Adults- 500 to 1000 mg taken 30 minutes before bedtime or surgery
For daytime sedation
- Adults-250mg taken thrice a day after eating.
For sedation prior to a dental or medical procedure
- Children- Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by the doctor.
Rectal dosage form
- Adults- 500 to 1000 mg at bedtime.
For daytime sedation
- Adults-325 mg thrice a day
Aquachloral Side Effects
Aquachloral is in most cases well tolerated but can cause many different side effects. Most side effects are usually temporary. It is important to tell a health-care professional concerning any side effects so that you can be monitored. The side effects include:
- Uneven heartbeat
- Shallow breathing
- Stomach pain
Some drugs are likely to interact with Aquachloral. Interactions are known to increase the likelihood of side effects. You should consult a health-care for specific guidance if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription drugs. The following medicines may interact with Aquachloral: