Placidyl is a brand name version of the prescription insomnia treatment drug known as ethchlorvynol. It is in a drug class known as nonbarbiturate hypnotics and comes in the form of a liquid filled capsule. Though it was once quite a popular treatment for sleeplessness, it has typically been replaced by other, newer forms of sleep aid medications.
The benefits of this medication are effective but very short-term. Typically speaking, if Placidyl is used every day in order to achieve sleep, its efficacy will not continue any longer than a week.
There are several factors that your doctor will take into consideration before prescribing Placidyl. For example:
- Allergies – your doctor should be advised if you have every had a reaction to this medication or to any other types of drugs. You should also inform your doctor of any non-drug allergies such as to animals, dyes, foods, or preservatives.
- Age – Placidyl is not intended for use by children. Studies have only been performed on adult patients, making it inappropriate for use by any other age group. Furthermore, elderly individuals have been shown to react quite strongly to this drug, including both the desired effects and the unwanted side effects.
- Pregnancy – this drug is in the pregnancy category C, which means that it should not be used by pregnant women because it has either been shown to be dangerous or there is inadequate proof that they are safe.
- Breast feeding – Placidyl should not be used by breastfeeding women as there is insufficient research to indicate that it is safe for the child.
- Drug interactions – before taking Placidyl, tell your doctor about any prescription, nonprescription, herbal, or other medications or remedies that you may be taking or that you intend to take during the time that you will be using Placidyl. This will help to avoid interactions that could be potentially dangerous. This drug can create conflicts with a long list of other medications, so great care should be taken.
- Food and beverage interactions – discuss food, beverage, and tobacco interactions with your doctor to make certain that you understand what will and will not be safe throughout the use of Placidyl. For example, it is usually recommended that alcohol be avoided, as it can significantly intensify the side effects.
- Medical history – before using Placidyl, tell your doctor about any medical conditions that you may have as this may lead him or her to recommend a different treatment or dosage. This is especially important among individuals with a history of drug or alcohol abuse, liver disease, kidney disease, porphyria, or depression.