Chemical Name: Chloral Hydrate
Brand Name: Noctec
Description: Mechanism of action unknown. Sedative effects may be caused by its primary metabolite, tricholoroethanol.
Indications and Use: Noctec is used as a sedative, to treat insomnia, and premedication for EEG.
Contraindications, Warnings, and Precautions: Noctec is contraindicated in patients with hepatic or renal impairment, severe cardiac disease, or hypersensitivity to chloral hydrate. Oral administration is contraindicated in patients with gastric disorders. Noctec should not be used with alkaline solutions, or central nervous system depressants, including narcotic analgesics, furosemide intravenous, oral anticoagulants, or phenytoin. Alcohol use should be avoided. Use cautiously in patients with cardiac disease, depression, suicidal tendencies, or history of drug abuse. Long term use is not recommended. The drug loses its efficacy in promoting sleep after 14 days of continued use. Long term use may cause dependence and the patient may experience withdrawal symptoms if the drug is suddenly stopped.
Adverse Reactions: Possible common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Dosing Range: Varies depending on age and use. Take with a full glass of water or juice.
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