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My child has cerebral palsy and a sleep disorder associated with this. He takes chloral hydrate for sleep. Can this be harmful to take over time?

My child has cerebral palsy and a sleep disorder associated with this. He takes chloral hydrate for sleep. Can this be harmful to take over time?

Benefits > risk prob: Chloral hydrate has been used to help since the 1830s (http://bit.ly/1EkYmde). With chronic (long term) use, there is some possibility for "tolerance" to develop, i.e., that higher doses might be needed to get the same beneficial effect. If that is the medication that has been most helpful in helping your son to sleep, then benefits likely exceed risks - best to voice your concerns to his doctor ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can children take the drug noctec (chloral hydrate)?

Can children take the drug noctec (chloral hydrate)?

Yes: it has been used for decades for sedation and sleep. However it has many side effects and is no longer used in many places ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having dental work done and is being given noctec (chloral hydrate) since she is neele phobic. any dangers?

What to do if I'm having dental work done and is being given noctec (chloral hydrate) since she is neele phobic. any dangers?

Side effects: there is no drug without side effects. Noctec (chloral hydrate) is a sedative hypnotic can cause gastric and mucosal irritation. It will keep you comfortable during the dental procedure. If any concerns discussed with your sedation provider. ...Read more

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Chloral hydrate uses?

Chloral hydrate uses?

For sedation: Sedation and as a sleep aide but this is a potent drug and should not be used unless prescribed by a professional knowledgeable about the drug. There are better sleep aids. ...Read more

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Where can I get chloral hydrate?

Where can I get chloral hydrate?

Not Recommended: This drug is a schedule IV drug. Meaning it can only be obtained by prescription from a doctor. Please talk to your local healthcare provider to discuss whether this drug is right for you. ...Read more

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Why would a person take chloral hydrate?

Why would a person take chloral hydrate?

Sedation: Clinically this drug is used in anesthesia as a short acting sedative for pediatric procedures. It also has ben used in some cases for alcohol withdrawal and insomnia. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take two doses of chloral hydrate in one night?

Is it okay to take two doses of chloral hydrate in one night?

Probably not: It's not a very safe drug; you could overdose on it very easily. Better to switch medicines; there are much better alternatives to this 19th-century throwback. ...Read more

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Does chloral hydrate affect fetus?

Does chloral hydrate affect fetus?

Yes - avoid it!: There are no adequate reports or well-controlled studies in human fetuses. Chronic use during pregnancy may result in neonatal withdrawal, suggesting placental transfer. Rodent teratogenicity studies have apparently not been performed. Equine studies suggest a higher frequency of miscarriage after chloral hydrate. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chloral hydrate?

What are the side effects of chloral hydrate?

Chloral hydrate effe: Most people given Chloral Hydrate for procedural sedation by a physician do not have a problem. However the potential side effects include the following: respiratory depression and general problems with breathing, choking, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, changes in mood, confusion, change of balance, ulcers, stomach bleeding with associated black stool, nausea or vomiting coffee grounds. ...Read more

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What are alternative medicines for chloral hydrate?

Need more info: Based on your information I am mot sure why you need this drug. I would suggest talking to your local doctor about your specific needs. ...Read more

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Chloral Hydrate (Definition)

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