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Triclofos is used to treat sleeping problems (insomnia) in people. It is also used sedate people suffering from anxiety or tension before medical investigations.

How it works

Triclofos belongs to a class of medication called hypnotics. It causes substances that induce sleep to be released in the brain thus causing sedation.

Common side effects

Abdominal pain, Balance disorder (loss of balance), Confusion, Constipation, Dizziness, Drug dependence, Flatulence, Headache, Rash, Vomiting, Nausea, Diarrhoea, Nightmare


Expert advice

  • Do not take if you are allergic to triclofos or any of the other ingredients of the solution like sucrose.
  • Avoid taking this medication for depression, mental problems or sleeping problems.
  • Avoid using triclofos during pregnancy or lactation.
  • Do not take triclofos if you have a history of addiction to drugs or alcohol or any other medication.
  • Do not take triclofos if you have had any urinary tract or digestive system problems; heart impairments or any blockages in blood vessels.
  • Do not drive or operate machines after taking triclofos as it may cause drowsiness or tiredness.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is triclofos sodium safe for infants? 
Triclofos sodium is safe for infants when it is prescribed for a condition by a doctor and taken at the dosage prescribed by the doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)