What Is Ethchlorvynol?


What Is Ethchlorvynol?

Ethchlorvynol is a hypnotic and sedative prescription medication that is commonly sold under the brand name Placidyl. While Ethchlorvynol are not commonly used today, they were a popular street drug used for recreational use in the mid-late 1990's and known as "jelly-bellies."

When Pfizer developed and released the drug in the 1950's, it was prescribed to patients suffering from insomnia.


It would sedate the patients enough to help them sleep, but when the dangerous side effects and intense withdrawal symptoms were made apparent, the drug was eventually discontinued. However, due to the various adverse side effects and developments of more advanced drugs for this use, it was discontinued in 1999 and rare used in the United States. Occasionally, Ethchlorvynol may be used when a patient is unable to tolerate other drugs for insomnia or are allergic to most other drugs on the market. However, this is only in the most extreme cases as other drugs may not contain as many side effects.

Ethchlorvynol Use Side Effects and Dangers

Ethchlorvynol causes extreme sedative effects including drowsiness and relaxation but while it is being used, it can also cause fainting, restlessness, skin rashes and states of euphoria. When a patient first begins taking Ethchlorvynol, they typically experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, stomach pain, blurred vision and numbness as their body adjusts to the new medication. Signs of intoxication of Ethchlorvynol include:

  • A Decrease in Mental Alertness
  • Confusion
  • Short Attention Span
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Disorientation
  • Shakiness
  • Clumsiness
  • Depressed Breathing

Some individuals, primarily teens or young adults, have discovered the effects of Ethchlorvynol and thus use it recreationally which often leads to dependence and addiction. The signs of intoxication are often similar to that of alcohol intoxication such as delusions, memory disorders and hallucinations. High doses of Ethchlorvynol can also cause the patient to overdose which may include:

  • An Extreme Reduction in Coordination
  • Lack of Muscle Control
  • Slurred Speech
  • Fever
  • Extreme Confusion
  • Reduced Heartbeat

The various side effects can be dangerous both to the person abusing this medication as well as others around them if they choose to operate heavy machinery or worse, drive a vehicle.

Signs and Symptoms of Ethchlorvynol Addiction

If you suspect a friend or loved one is addicted to prescription drugs like Ethchlorvynol, there are some things to look out for which may give you a warning sign to their addiction. The common signs and symptom of addiction to Ethchlorvynol are similar to that of other prescription drugs of their kind and include physical, behavioral and psychological signs.

The most common indications that a person has become addicted or dependent on Ethchlorvynol include bloodshot eyes, slurred speed, reduced coordination, a sudden decrease in personal hygiene and grooming, weight loss or weight gain, insomnia, an increase in financial problems with no known cause, suspicious behaviors, a change in hobbies or activities, personality or attitude changes, irritability, increased temper and outbursts, agitation followed by hyperactivity and someone who appears to be paranoid and anxious that seems unwarranted.

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Ethchlorvynol Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms

Most individuals that quit using Ethchlorvynol will experience some form of withdrawal symptoms which may range from mild to severe and vary between individuals. Some people experience only mild symptoms when they have not been taking Ethchlorvynol for a long period of time or in smaller doses. However for individuals who have been dependent on Ethchlorvynol for a long time, they may experience more severe symptoms. The most common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Insomnia and Nightmares
  • Body Convulsions
  • Agitation and Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory Loss
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fever-Like Symptoms such as Sweating and Chills
  • Relapse

Ethchlorvynol Addiction Treatment Options

While it can be difficult to quit using and abusing drugs like Ethchlorvynol, there are treatments available to help you get through the various withdrawal symptoms and learn how to live without this dependency. Local drug rehab centers are a great first choice when you are looking to quit abusing Ethchlorvynol as the counselors are experienced with helping others quit and live a life without the drug as many of them have dealt with the same issues. No matter what treatment you choose, the most important thing is to seek help as soon as possible. Drug rehab centers have the experience and knowledge in order to help you overcome this addiction and move on with your life.

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