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Application Site Burn, Feeling Hot, Pain, Rash Erythematous, Skin Exfoliation, Swelling (6067665-2)
on Jan 27, 2009 Female from UNITED STATES , 36 years of age, was diagnosed with
  • infection prophylaxis
and was treated with Purell Original. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: application site burn, feeling hot, pain, rash erythematous, skin exfoliation, swelling. Purell Original dosage: N/A.

Accidental Exposure, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Eye Injury, Product Quality Issue (6055678-6)
Patient was taking Purell Original. Patient felt the following Purell side effects: accidental exposure, chemical burns of eye, eye injury, product quality issue on Jan 27, 2009 from UNITED STATES Additional patient health information: Male , 60 years of age, weighting 179.9 lb, was diagnosed with
  • accidental exposure
and. Purell Original dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Multi-vitamins


Application Site Burn, Feeling Hot, Pain, Rash Erythematous, Skin Exfoliation, Swelling (6054284-7)
Adverse event was reported on Jan 20, 2009 by a Female taking Purell Original (Dosage: N/A) was diagnosed with
  • infection prophylaxis
and. Location: UNITED STATES , 36 years of age, After Purell was administered, patient encountered several Purell side effects: application site burn, feeling hot, pain, rash erythematous, skin exfoliation, swelling.

Eye Swelling, Hypersensitivity, Throat Tightness (6048889-7)
on Jan 15, 2009 Female from UNITED STATES , 66 years of age, weighting 140.0 lb, was diagnosed with
  • antibiotic prophylaxis
  • thyroid disorder
and was treated with Purell With Aloe. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: eye swelling, hypersensitivity, throat tightness. Purell With Aloe dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Levothyroxine



Stupor (5992831-1)
on Dec 02, 2008 Female from UNITED STATES , 44 years of age, weighting 149.9 lb, was treated with Purell Original. Patient felt the following Purell side effects: stupor. Purell Original dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Xanax
  • Ativan


Accidental Exposure, Application Site Irritation (5948854-1)
Patient was taking Purell With Aloe. After Purell was administered, patient encountered several Purell side effects: accidental exposure, application site irritation on Nov 03, 2008 from UNITED STATES Additional patient health information: Male , child 2 years of age, was diagnosed with
  • accidental exposure
and. Purell With Aloe dosage: Text:about 1/2 Ounce Once.

Caustic Injury, Skin Discolouration, Skin Haemorrhage (5808190-0)
Adverse event was reported on Jun 30, 2008 by a Female taking Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) (Dosage: Dime Size 2x Per Day (2 In 1 D), Topical) was diagnosed with
  • infection prophylaxis
and. Location: UNITED STATES , 24 years of age, weighting 138.0 lb, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: caustic injury, skin discolouration, skin haemorrhage.
Associated medications used:
  • Necon (ethinylestradiol, Norethisterone)


Accidental Exposure, Eye Burns (5775408-2)
on Jun 03, 2008 Female from UNITED STATES , child 7 years of age, weighting 40.00 lb, was treated with Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol). Patient felt the following Purell side effects: accidental exposure, eye burns. Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: Ophthalmic.

Application Site Burn, Blister, Dermatitis Contact, Eczema, Ill-defined Disorder, Nonspecific Reaction, Rash Pustular, Skin Exfoliation (5705930-6)
on Apr 07, 2008 Female from NEW ZEALAND , 27 years of age, was treated with Purell (ethyl Alcohol). After Purell was administered, patient encountered several Purell side effects: application site burn, blister, dermatitis contact, eczema, ill-defined disorder, nonspecific reaction, rash pustular, skin exfoliation. Purell (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: Topical.

Accidental Exposure, Eye Injury (5685094-8)
Patient was taking Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol). Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: accidental exposure, eye injury on Mar 14, 2008 from UNITED STATES Additional patient health information: Female , 57 years of age, weighting 135.0 lb, was diagnosed with
  • accidental exposure
and. Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: Little Squirt, Three Times A Day. (3 In 1 D), Ophthalmic.

Accidental Exposure, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Corneal Abrasion, Eye Pain (5630710-X)
Adverse event was reported on Feb 05, 2008 by a Female taking Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) (Dosage: Ophthalmic) was diagnosed with
  • accidental exposure
and. Location: UNITED STATES , 52 years of age, weighting 115.0 lb, Patient felt the following Purell side effects: accidental exposure, chemical burns of eye, corneal abrasion, eye pain.

Accidental Exposure, Eye Swelling, Hypersensitivity (5612564-0)
on Jan 22, 2008 Male from UNITED STATES , weighting 24.00 lb, was diagnosed with
  • antibiotic prophylaxis
and was treated with Purell With Aloe (ethyl Alcohol). After Purell was administered, patient encountered several Purell side effects: accidental exposure, eye swelling, hypersensitivity. Purell With Aloe (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: N/A.

Caustic Injury, Erythema, Pain, Skin Inflammation (5605811-2)
on Jan 14, 2008 Female from NEW ZEALAND , child 4 years of age, was treated with Purell (ethyl Alcohol). Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: caustic injury, erythema, pain, skin inflammation. Purell (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: N/A.

Lacrimation Increased, Pharyngeal Oedema, Pruritus, Speech Disorder (5501246-1)
Patient was taking Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol. Patient felt the following Purell side effects: lacrimation increased, pharyngeal oedema, pruritus, speech disorder on Oct 17, 2007 from UNITED STATES Additional patient health information: Female , 40 years of age, . Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol dosage: Topical.

Convulsion, Victim Of Crime (5369031-1)
Adverse event was reported on Jun 19, 2007 by a Male taking Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) (Dosage: All Of The Bottle, Oral) . Location: UNITED STATES , child 3 years of age, After Purell was administered, patient encountered several Purell side effects: convulsion, victim of crime.

Alcohol Poisoning (5228144-5)
on Jan 19, 2007 Male from UNITED STATES , 16 years of age, weighting 120.0 lb, was diagnosed with
  • poisoning
and was treated with Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol). Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: alcohol poisoning. Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: 2 Fluid Ounces Once, Oral.

Hypersomnia (5163443-7)
on Nov 08, 2006 Female from UNITED STATES , child 11 years of age, was diagnosed with
  • euphoric mood
and was treated with Purell. Patient felt the following Purell side effects: hypersomnia. Purell dosage: Inhalation.

Blister, Erythema, Fungal Infection, Insomnia, Oedema Peripheral, Onychomadesis, Pain In Extremity (5148662-8)
Patient was taking Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol). After Purell was administered, patient encountered several Purell side effects: blister, erythema, fungal infection, insomnia, oedema peripheral, onychomadesis, pain in extremity on Oct 27, 2006 from UNITED STATES Additional patient health information: Female , 24 years of age, weighting 138.0 lb, was diagnosed with
  • antibiotic prophylaxis
and. Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: Quarter Size Once, Topical.

Accidental Exposure, Excoriation, Eye Pain, Eye Pruritus, Vision Blurred (5132151-0)
Adverse event was reported on Oct 06, 2006 by a Male taking Purell (ethyl Alcohol) (Dosage: 1 Squirt Once, Ophthalmic) . Location: UNITED STATES , 35 years of age, weighting 260.0 lb, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: accidental exposure, excoriation, eye pain, eye pruritus, vision blurred.

Accidental Exposure, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Convulsion, Pain, Retching, Stress, Tremor (5093114-7)
on Aug 21, 2006 Female from UNITED STATES , child 6 years of age, weighting 33.00 lb, was treated with Purell (ethyl Alcohol). Patient felt the following Purell side effects: accidental exposure, chemical burns of eye, convulsion, pain, retching, stress, tremor. Purell (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: Once, Ophthalmic.

Blood Alcohol Increased, Gait Disturbance, Hepatic Enzyme Increased, Incorrect Dose Administered, Moaning (5092406-5)
on Aug 18, 2006 Female from UNITED STATES , child 8 years of age, weighting 65.00 lb, was treated with Purell With Aloe (ethyl Alcohol). After Purell was administered, patient encountered several Purell side effects: blood alcohol increased, gait disturbance, hepatic enzyme increased, incorrect dose administered, moaning. Purell With Aloe (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: 1/2 Bottle Once, Oral.

Application Site Irritation, Application Site Vesicles, Caustic Injury (5059160-4)
Patient was taking Purell With Aloe (ethyl Alcohol). Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: application site irritation, application site vesicles, caustic injury on Jul 10, 2006 from UNITED STATES Additional patient health information: Male , 21 years of age, weighting 160.0 lb, was diagnosed with
  • antibiotic prophylaxis
and. Purell With Aloe (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: Once Topical.
Associated medications used:
  • Valproate Sodium
  • Cloazepam(clonazepam)


Abortion Spontaneous (4982482-X)
Adverse event was reported on Apr 13, 2006 by a Female taking Purell With Aloe (ethyl Alcohol) (Dosage: A Couple Of Pumps 6 To 7 Times) . Location: UNITED STATES , 32 years of age, weighting 170.0 lb, Patient felt the following Purell side effects: abortion spontaneous. Patient was hospitalized.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (4846994-1)
on Nov 19, 2005 Male from UNITED STATES , 19 years of age, was treated with Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol). After Purell was administered, patient encountered several Purell side effects: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: Topical.

Accidental Exposure, Dyspnoea, Hypoaesthesia Oral, Swelling Face, Throat Tightness (4807772-2)
on Oct 07, 2005 Female from UNITED STATES , weighting 125.0 lb, was treated with Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol). Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Purell side effects: accidental exposure, dyspnoea, hypoaesthesia oral, swelling face, throat tightness. Purell Original (ethyl Alcohol) dosage: Inhalation.

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Active Ingredient: ALCOHOL BENZALKON

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