GENERIC NAME: ETHCHLORVYNOL - ORAL (eth-klor-VYE-nohl)
BRAND NAME(S): Placidyl
USES: This medication is used as a sleeping aid for short-term treatment of insomnia. It is usually not prescribed for longer than a one week period.
HOW TO USE: This medication is best taken 15 to 30 minutes before bedtime. Take this medication with food to prevent dizziness.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication causes drowsiness and dizziness. Avoid tasks requiring alertness. You may experience headache, stomach upset, dizziness or an unpleasant taste in the mouth during the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these effects persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: confusion, nightmares, loss of coordination, fainting, breathing difficulties, chest pains, irregular heartbeat, skin rash, itching, yellowing of the eyes or skin. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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