Active ingredients: paraldehyde
What it is used for
Paraldehyde has been used as a sedative and hypnotic in a variety of clinical situations, although it has been largely replaced by safer and/or more effective agents. It may also be used in the treatment of convulsive episodes arising from tetanus, status epilepticus and poisoning by convulsive drugs, when other agents are inappropriate or ineffective. Paraldehyde may be effective in reducing the anxiety associated with withdrawal from drugs such as narcotics or barbiturates, as well as in the management of acute agitation or delirium tremens due to alcohol withdrawal. Paraldehyde is only recommended for use in these conditions when other treatments are ineffective or deemed inappropriate.
How to take it
You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.
- The way to take this medicine: Intramuscular
- Store below 25 degrees Celsius
- Protect from Light
- Do not Refrigerate
- Lifetime is 2 Years.
Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
Clear colourless or pale yellow solution free from particulates
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4: Prescription Only Medicine.
Is this medicine subsidised?
This medicine may be subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
For the active ingredient paraldehyde
You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.
For side effects, taking other medicines and more
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