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Each 5 mL (teaspoonful) contains:
In a clear, pink to orange colored, orange flavored syrup.
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Citric Acid, USP; D&C Yellow No. 10; FD&C Red No. 40; Flavor; Glycerin, USP; Liquid Sugar; Methylparaben, NF; Propylene Glycol, USP; Purified Water, USP; Sodium Benzoate, NF and Sodium Citrate, USP.
Chloral Hydrate is derived by combining a molecule of water with trichloroacetaldehyde (chloral).
Chemically, chloral hydrate is 1,1-Ethanediol, 2,2,2-trichloro-; its molecular formula is CCl3CH(OH)2 and its molecular weight is 165.4.
Chloral hydrate occurs as colorless or white, volatile, hygroscopic crystals very soluble in water and in olive oil and freely soluble in alcohol. It has an aromatic, pungent odor and a slightly bitter, caustic taste.
What are the precautions when taking chloral hydrate (Noctec)?
Before taking chloral hydrate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: alcohol/drug abuse, heart problems, kidney problems, liver problems, mental/mood conditions (such as depression, thoughts of suicide), irritation of the swallowing tube (esophagus), stomach problems (such as ulcer, gastritis), a certain blood/liver disease (porphyria), breathing problems (such as sleep apnea).
This drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness...
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
Additional Noctec Information
- Noctec Drug Interactions Center: chloral hydrate oral
- Noctec Side Effects Center
- Noctec Overview including Precautions
- Noctec FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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