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Common Purell Side Effects


The most commonly reported Purell side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Accidental Exposure (21)
Caustic Injury (8)
Chemical Burns Of Eye (7)
Vision Blurred (6)
Pain (5)
Oedema Peripheral (5)
Application Site Burn (5)
Asthma (4)
Pruritus (4)
Skin Exfoliation (4)
Throat Tightness (4)
Eye Burns (3)
Burns Second Degree (3)
Eye Irritation (3)
Dyspnoea (3)
Feeling Hot (3)
Urticaria (3)
Swelling (3)
Rash Erythematous (3)
Eye Pain (3)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Purell Side Effects Reported to FDA



Purell Side Effect Report#9999614
Dyspnoea, Asthma
This is a report of a 47-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Purell (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Dyspnoea, Asthma after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Purell treatment in female patients, resulting in Dyspnoea side effect.
Purell Side Effect Report#9924457
Anaphylactic Shock, Occupational Exposure To Product, Retirement
This report suggests a potential Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Anaphylactic Shock side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 64-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer (dosage: Indefinitely? ?) starting NS. After starting Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Anaphylactic Shock, Occupational Exposure To Product, RetirementAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Anaphylactic Shock, may still occur.
Purell Side Effect Report#9168056
Feeling Drunk, Somnolence
This Feeling Drunk problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 45-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On
Feb 12, 2013 this consumer started treatment with Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Feeling Drunk, SomnolenceThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Feeling Drunk, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Purell Side Effect Report#7092096-6
Application Site Burn, Dry Skin, Ocular Hyperaemia, Skin Discolouration
This Application Site Burn side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 48-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Purell Original (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Oct 25, 2010. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Purell Original the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Application Site Burn, Dry Skin, Ocular Hyperaemia, Skin DiscolourationThese side effects may potentially be related to Purell Original.
Purell Side Effect Report#6716217-7
Accidental Exposure
This is a report of a 4-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Purell With Aloe (dosage: Text:1/4 Of A Bottle, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Accidental Exposure after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Purell With Aloe treatment in female patients, resulting in Accidental Exposure side effect.
Purell Side Effect Report#6437538-1
Accidental Exposure, Ocular Hyperaemia, Swelling Face
This report suggests a potential Purell Original Accidental Exposure side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 5-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: accidental exposure and used Purell Original (dosage: NA) starting
Nov 02, 2009. After starting Purell Original the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Accidental Exposure, Ocular Hyperaemia, Swelling FaceAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Purell Original demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Accidental Exposure, may still occur.
Purell Side Effect Report#6419363-0
Asthma, Cough, Discomfort, Facial Pain, Headache, Nasal Congestion, Nausea, Perfume Sensitivity, Rhinorrhoea
This Asthma problem was reported by a health professional from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Purell Original (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Flonase (Text:one Spray Once Daily)
When using Purell Original, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Asthma, Cough, Discomfort, Facial Pain, Headache, Nasal Congestion, Nausea, Perfume Sensitivity, RhinorrhoeaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Asthma, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Purell Side Effect Report#6387290-3
Accidental Exposure, Blood Alcohol Increased, Dizziness
This Accidental Exposure side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 6-year-old patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: accidental exposure.The patient was prescribed Purell Original (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Sep 01, 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Purell Original the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Accidental Exposure, Blood Alcohol Increased, DizzinessThese side effects may potentially be related to Purell Original.
Purell Side Effect Report#6380941-9
Caustic Injury, Rash
This is a report of a 2-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: prophylaxis, who was treated with Purell With Aloe (dosage: Text:one Pump Once, start time:
Sep 21, 2009), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Caustic Injury, Rash after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Purell With Aloe treatment in male patients, resulting in Caustic Injury side effect.
Purell Side Effect Report#6355511-9
Oedema Peripheral, Pruritus
This report suggests a potential Purell With Aloe Oedema Peripheral side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 16-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis and used Purell With Aloe (dosage: Text:one Or Two Squirt Once) starting
Sep 03, 2009. After starting Purell With Aloe the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Oedema Peripheral, PruritusAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Purell With Aloe demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Oedema Peripheral, may still occur.
Purell Side Effect Report#6341443-9
Asthma, Discomfort, Headache, Nausea, Perfume Sensitivity, Sinusitis
This Asthma problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 59-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Purell Original (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Flonase (Text:one Spray Once Daily)
When using Purell Original, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Asthma, Discomfort, Headache, Nausea, Perfume Sensitivity, SinusitisAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Asthma, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Purell Side Effect Report#6305429-2
Caustic Injury, Urticaria
This Caustic Injury side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 46-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: prophylaxis,hypertension.The patient was prescribed Purell Original (drug dosage: Text:^enough To Cover Hands/ Forearms^ 1 Time), which was initiated on
Feb 01, 2009. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Atenolol (Text:25 Mg 1 X A Day)
.After starting to take Purell Original the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Caustic Injury, UrticariaThese side effects may potentially be related to Purell Original.
Purell Side Effect Report#6295390-1
Accidental Exposure, Gait Disturbance, Poisoning
This is a report of a 4-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Australia, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Purell Vitamin E (dosage: Text:two Mouthfuls, start time:
Jul 24, 2009), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Accidental Exposure, Gait Disturbance, Poisoning after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Purell Vitamin E treatment in female patients, resulting in Accidental Exposure side effect.
Purell Side Effect Report#6275792-X
Accidental Exposure, Rash
This report suggests a potential Purell Original Accidental Exposure side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 56-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis,hypertension and used Purell Original (dosage: Text:a ^dime^ 3 Times A Day) starting NS. After starting Purell Original the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Accidental Exposure, RashAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Metoprolol Succinate (Text:100mg Twice A Day)
  • Zoloft (Text:100mg 1 X A Day)
  • Lisinopril (Text:25mg 2 X A Day)
Although Purell Original demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Accidental Exposure, may still occur.
Purell Side Effect Report#6232111-2
Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision Blurred
This Caustic Injury problem was reported by a physician from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: accidental exposure,neck pain. On
Apr 27, 2009 this consumer started treatment with Purell With Aloe (dosage: Text:once). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Darvocet
When using Purell With Aloe, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision BlurredAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Caustic Injury, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Purell Side Effect Report#6220149-0
Blister, Burns Second Degree
This Blister side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 14-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: infection prophylaxis.The patient was prescribed Purell Original (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Purell Original the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Blister, Burns Second DegreeThese side effects may potentially be related to Purell Original.
Purell Side Effect Report#6219066-1
Accidental Exposure, Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision Blurred
This is a report of a female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: accidental exposure, who was treated with Purell With Aloe (dosage: Text:once, start time:
Apr 27, 2009), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Accidental Exposure, Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision Blurred after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Purell With Aloe treatment in female patients, resulting in Accidental Exposure side effect.
Purell Side Effect Report#6218514-0
Burns Second Degree, Dermatitis Contact, Oedema Peripheral
This report suggests a potential Purell With Aloe Burns Second Degree side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A male patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis and used Purell With Aloe (dosage: NA) starting
Mar 08, 2009. After starting Purell With Aloe the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Burns Second Degree, Dermatitis Contact, Oedema PeripheralAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Purell With Aloe demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Burns Second Degree, may still occur.
Purell Side Effect Report#6211285-3
Accidental Exposure, Eye Irritation, Superficial Injury Of Eye, Vision Blurred, Visual Impairment
This Accidental Exposure problem was reported by a health professional from United States. A 12-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis. On NS this consumer started treatment with Purell With Aloe (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Purell With Aloe, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Accidental Exposure, Eye Irritation, Superficial Injury Of Eye, Vision Blurred, Visual ImpairmentAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Accidental Exposure, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Purell Side Effect Report#6207590-7
Accidental Exposure, Vision Blurred
This Accidental Exposure side effect was reported by a health professional from United States. A 12-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: accidental exposure.The patient was prescribed Purell Original (drug dosage: Text:1 ^dab^ Once), which was initiated on
May 20, 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Purell Original the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Accidental Exposure, Vision BlurredThese side effects may potentially be related to Purell Original.
Purell Side Effect Report#6199014-3
Accidental Exposure, Device Malfunction
This is a report of a 49-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Accidental Exposure, Device Malfunction after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer treatment in male patients, resulting in Accidental Exposure side effect.
Purell Side Effect Report#6180028-4
Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision Blurred
This report suggests a potential Purell With Aloe Caustic Injury side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 45-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: accidental exposure and used Purell With Aloe (dosage: Text:once) starting
Apr 27, 2009. After starting Purell With Aloe the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision BlurredAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Purell With Aloe demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Caustic Injury, may still occur.
Purell Side Effect Report#6143663-5
Accidental Exposure, Eye Burns, Eye Irritation
This Accidental Exposure problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 50-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Purell Original (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Purell Original, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Accidental Exposure, Eye Burns, Eye IrritationAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Accidental Exposure, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Purell Side Effect Report#6128680-3
Burns Second Degree, Oedema Peripheral
This Burns Second Degree side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 71-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis.The patient was prescribed Purell With Aloe (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Mar 08, 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Purell With Aloe the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Burns Second Degree, Oedema PeripheralThese side effects may potentially be related to Purell With Aloe.
Purell Side Effect Report#6115713-3
Asthma, Dyspnoea, Product Quality Issue, Sinusitis
This is a report of a 78-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis, who was treated with Purell Original (dosage: Text:everytime She Would Use The Bathroom, start time: NS), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Asthma, Dyspnoea, Product Quality Issue, Sinusitis after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Purell Original treatment in female patients, resulting in Asthma side effect.


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The appearance of Purell on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.

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    Purell Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC21749-142
    TypeHUMAN OTC DRUG
    Proprietary NamePurell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Moonlit Moments
    NameALCOHOL
    Dosage FormGEL
    RouteTOPICAL
    On market since20121101
    LabelerGOJO Industries, Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)ALCOHOL
    Strength(s)0.7
    Unit(s)mL/mL
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    Side Effects reported to FDA: 56

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    Reported deaths: 1

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