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Chloroform is used for general anaesthesia

How it works

Chloroform causes a reversible loss of consciousness allowing surgery without pain and distress.

Common side effects

Rash, Erythema, Headache, Dizziness, Vomiting, Eye irritation, Nausea, Abnormality of voluntary movements, Apnea (absence of breathing), Agitation, Nightmare, Central nervous system depression, Abnormal dreams, Hyperventilation, Abnormal behavior, Fatigue, Double vision, Sore skin, Hallucination, Thrombophlebitis, Generalized tonic-clonic seizure, Local site pain, Transient apnea, Increased respiratory rate , Cardiac depression, Myoclonus, Stridor, Hypertonia, Increased blood pressure, Tachycardia, Dry eye, Confusion, Slow heart rate, Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), Decreased blood pressure

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have any liver problems as chloroform is hepatotoxic (causes damage to liver). 
  • Inform your doctor if you have diabetes as chloroform can lead to high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia).
  • Chloroform when used for long-term at concentrations above 2% may cause respiratory arrest (failure of lung functions).
  • Do not drive or operate machinery even after chloroform effect wears off as it may still cause sleepiness and may impair your ability to think or react. 
  • Do not take if patient is allergic to Chloroform or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if patients being treated with adrenaline

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is chloroform soluble in water?
Chloroform is sparingly soluble in water
Q. Is chloroform safe to use?
Chloroform taken orally or inhaled may cause severe damage to the body. Consult your doctor before use.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)