Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

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, the medicine may become habit-forming.

Do not use if liquid turns brownish in color or if it has a strong vinegar-like odor, since this means the paraldehyde is breaking down. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional.

For patients taking this medicine by mouth:

  • Do not use a plastic spoon, plastic glass, or any other plastic container to take this medicine, since paraldehyde may react with the plastic. Use a metal spoon or glass container.
  • Take this medicine mixed in a glass of milk or iced fruit juice to improve the taste and odor and to lessen stomach upset.

For patients using this medicine rectally:

  • Do not use paraldehyde in any plastic container since it may react with the plastic.
  • Before using paraldehyde rectally, make sure you understand exactly how to use it. Paraldehyde may need to be diluted. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional.

Keep this medicine away from the eyes and avoid getting it on the skin and clothing.

Keep this medicine away from heat, open flame, and sparks.

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.

  • For oral and rectal dosage forms (liquid):
    • Adults: Dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • Children: Dose is based on body weight, and must be determined by the doctor.
  • For injection dosage form:
    • Adults: Dose must be determined by your doctor. It will be injected into a muscle or a vein.
    • Children: Dose is based on body weight, and must be determined by the doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, 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.