Proper Use

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Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. If too much is used, it may become habit-forming.

For patients taking chloral hydrate capsules:

  • Swallow the capsule whole. Do not chew since the medicine may cause an unpleasant taste.
  • Take this medicine with a full glass (8 ounces) of water, fruit juice, or ginger ale to lessen stomach upset.

For patients taking chloral hydrate syrup:

  • Take each dose of medicine mixed with clear liquid, such as water, apple juice, or ginger ale. This will help to improve flavor and lessen stomach upset.

For patients using chloral hydrate rectal suppositories :

  • If the suppository is too soft to insert, chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or run cold water over it before removing the foil wrapper.
  • To insert suppository–First remove the foil wrapper and moisten the suppository with cold water. Lie down on your side and use your finger to push the suppository well up into the rectum.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

This medicine comes in different strengths. Make sure your doctor has told your pharmacist both how many milligrams (mg) and how many capsules, teaspoonfuls, or suppositories should be used. This information is needed to be sure the right amount is given.

  • For oral dosage form (capsules or syrup):
    • For trouble sleeping or sedation before surgery:
      • Adults—500 to 1000 milligrams (mg) taken 30 minutes before bedtime or surgery.
    • For daytime sedation:
      • Adults—250 milligrams (mg) taken 3 times a day after meals.
    • For sedation before a dental or medical procedure:
      • Children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 50 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight.
    • For sedation before an electroencephalograph (EEG) test:
      • Children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is 25 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight.
  • For rectal dosage form (suppositories):
    • For trouble sleeping:
      • Adults—500 to 1000 milligrams (mg) at bedtime.
    • For daytime sedation:
      • Adults—325 milligrams (mg) 3 times a day.
    • For sedation before a dental or medical procedure:
      • Children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 50 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight.
    • For sedation before an electroencephalograph (EEG) test:
      • Children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 25 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.