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Re: Chloral Hydrate - anyone been on it? Info? jerrympls

Posted by Ame Sans Vie on October 15, 2003, at 21:46:28

In reply to Chloral Hydrate - anyone been on it? Info?, posted by jerrympls on October 15, 2003, at 20:24:23

Though it didn't work for me, next to nothing works for my occasional insomnia. My grandmother had great success with occasional use of Noctec, though she says she always got a barbiturate-like hangover from the stuff. It's certainly worth a try -- but if your doc's willing to prescribe chloral hydrate, you might want to think about a barbiturate instead. Phenobarbital at a dose of about 300mg is still used for treatment-resistant insomnia these days, while chloral hydrate is rarely encountered... I'd do a little research if I were you. I just think there may be a reason that barbiturates are usually preferred over chloral hydrate, but I'm not 100% sure. Phenobarbital is a Schedule IV controlled substance (like benzodiazepines) so it isn't insanely difficult to get a prescription for, but there are also Seconal, Amytal, and especially Nembutal which all may be more useful if your main problem is falling asleep and not staying asleep. They're Schedule II though. Whatever you end up deciding to use, the problem lies in that none of these sleep aids will be useful for more than a few weeks as tolerance develops very rapidly if used every night.

I wonder, is ethchlorvynol (Placidyl) or glutethimide (Doriden) still manufactured in the U.S.?




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