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Chloral hydrate Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to chloral hydrate: oral capsules, oral solution, rectal suppositories

Side effects include:

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, ataxia, dizziness.

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.[Ref]

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.[Ref]

Dermatologic

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

References

1. "PDR Generics." Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics (1995):

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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