Chloral hydrate Side Effects

Some side effects of chloral hydrate may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

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

Along with its needed effects, chloral hydrate may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking chloral hydrate:

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

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

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

After you stop using this medicine, it may still produce some side effects that need attention. During this period of time, check with your doctor immediately if you notice the following side effects:

  • 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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