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: oral capsule, oral syrup
Other dosage forms:
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking chloral hydrate: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
feeling light-headed, fainting;
weakness, lack of coordination; or
a red, blistering, peeling skin rash.
Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
drowsiness, deep sleep;
headache, or hangover feeling;
nausea, vomiting, indigestion, gas, stomach pain;
redness or drooping of your eyelids;
excitement or confusion;
mild itching or skin rash; or
unpleasant taste in your mouth;
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to chloral hydrate: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral syrup, rectal suppository
Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been the most frequent side effects associated with the use of chloral hydrate.
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 side effects including scarlatiniform or erythematous rash, urticaria, angioedema, purpura, eczema, bullous lesions, and erythema multiforme have been reported.
More chloral hydrate resources
- chloral hydrate Oral, Rectal Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- chloral hydrate MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- chloral hydrate Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- Chloral Hydrate Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
- Chloral Hydrate Monograph (AHFS DI)
- Aquachloral Supprettes Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- Aquachloral Supprettes suppositories MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
- Somnote Prescribing Information (FDA)
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