Chloral hydrate Side Effects

Not all side effects for chloral hydrate may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to chloral hydrate: capsule liquid filled, suppository, syrup

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by chloral hydrate. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking chloral hydrate, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

Less common
  • Skin rash or hives
Rare
  • Confusion
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • unusual excitement

Some of the side effects that can occur with chloral hydrate may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Nausea
  • stomach pain
  • vomiting
Less common
  • Clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness

After you stop taking this drug, it is possible that you may still experience side effects that need medical attention. If you notice any of the following side effects check with your doctor immediately:

  • Confusion
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nervousness
  • restlessness
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • stomach pain
  • trembling
  • unusual excitement

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to chloral hydrate: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral syrup, rectal suppository

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been the most frequent side effects associated with the use of chloral hydrate.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects including ataxia and dizziness have been reported. Residual sedation has been reported infrequently following usual hypnotic doses. A somnambulistic reaction characterized by disorientation and incoherence has been reported rarely.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects including scarlatiniform or erythematous rash, urticaria, angioedema, purpura, eczema, bullous lesions, and erythema multiforme have been reported.

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