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Phonetic Pronunciation: (KLOR-ull HI-drate)
Information last revised May 2010

What does CHLORAL HYDRATE-ORAL look like?


This medication is used for a short time (no more than 2 weeks) to treat sleeping problems (insomnia). Chloral hydrate may also be used to calm you just before surgery or other procedures. It belongs to a class of drugs known as sedative/hypnotics. It works by affecting certain parts of the brain to cause calmness and sleep.
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