chloral hydrate (cont.)
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What happens if I miss a dose (Somnote)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Somnote)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a chloral hydrate overdose may include extreme drowsiness, nausea, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds, shallow breathing, fainting, uneven heartbeats, cold feeling, muscle weakness, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
What should I avoid while taking chloral hydrate (Somnote)?
Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of chloral hydrate.
Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by chloral hydrate.
Chloral hydrate can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
What other drugs will affect chloral hydrate (Somnote)?
Before taking chloral hydrate, tell your doctor if you are using a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin). If you are using a blood thinner, you may not be able to take chloral hydrate, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect chloral hydrate. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has more information about chloral hydrate written for health professionals that you may read.
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