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CHLORAL HYDRATE SYRUP, USP
500 mg (7½ gr) / 5 mL

Chloral Hydrate Syrup, USP contains chloral hydrate, an effective sedative and hypnotic agent for oral administration.

Each 5 mL (teaspoonful) contains:

Chloral Hydrate, USP .................................................................................... 500 mg (7½ gr)
(WARNING: May be habit forming)
Alcohol .......................................................................................................... less than 0.4%

In a clear, pink to orange colored, orange flavored syrup.

INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Citric Acid, USP; D&C Yellow No. 10; FD&C Red No. 40; Flavor; Glycerin, USP; Liquid Sugar; Methylparaben, NF; Propylene Glycol, USP; Purified Water, USP; Sodium Benzoate, NF and Sodium Citrate, USP.

Chloral Hydrate is derived by combining a molecule of water with trichloroacetaldehyde (chloral).

Chemically, chloral hydrate is 1,1-Ethanediol, 2,2,2-trichloro-; its molecular formula is CCl3CH(OH)2 and its molecular weight is 165.4.

Chloral hydrate occurs as colorless or white, volatile, hygroscopic crystals very soluble in water and in olive oil and freely soluble in alcohol. It has an aromatic, pungent odor and a slightly bitter, caustic taste.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.