Ethchlorvynol – Placidyl

Ethchlorvynol is the generic name for the brand name sleep aid Placidyl. If you are suffering from insomnia, your doctor may recommend a number of different types of medication, including ethchlorvynol, which should only be used as a short-term sleeping aid.

Ethchlorvynol, which is normally used to treat short-term insomnia is available in a liquid-filled capsule form, and is available only with a doctor’s prescription.

Ethchlorvynol Use and Side Effects

This is a drug that is only taken at night, usually between 15 and 30 minutes before going to bed. This medication can cause dizziness, and to avoid this, it should be taken with food.

Ethchlorvynol, like many other medications used as sleep aids, can be habit-forming and should only be taken for a one-week period, and under the supervision of a doctor to avoid forming an addition or dependency.

Ethchlorvynol should not be taken with alcoholic beverages or other drugs, especially other sedatives. Pregnant women should not use ethchlorvynol, and women who are breast feeding should tell their physicians, as ethchlorvynol can show up in breast milk.

A typical ethchlorvynol dosage for an adult is 500 to 1,000 milligrams at bedtime. Children require a much lower dose, and it is necessary that a physician prescribe the correct dosage. It is never recommended that parents give their children ethchlorvynol, or any other type of sleeping medication, without the advice of a physician.
If you are suffering from insomnia, and have tried non-medical treatments that just do not work, speak to your physician about trying ethchlorvynol or another sleep aid that may be right for you.

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