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Purell Side Effects

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.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Purell Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Purell reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


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.
Dyspnoea, Asthma
This is a report of a 47-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following 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). The consumer presented with:
  • Dyspnoea
  • Asthma
which developed 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.

Anaphylactic Shock, Occupational Exposure To Product, Retirement
This report suggests a potential Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer Anaphylactic Shock, Occupational Exposure To Product, Retirement 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. Soon after starting Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Occupational Exposure To Product
  • Retirement
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.

Feeling Drunk, Somnolence
This Feeling Drunk, Somnolence 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 commencing Purell Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Feeling Drunk
  • Somnolence
The 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.

Application Site Burn, Dry Skin, Ocular Hyperaemia, Skin Discolouration
This is a report of a 48-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Purell Original (dosage: NA) starting Oct 25, 2010. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Application Site Burn
  • Dry Skin
  • Ocular Hyperaemia
  • Skin Discolouration
This opens a possibility that Purell Original treatment could cause the above reactions, including application site burn, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.


Accidental Exposure
A 4-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES with the following symptoms/conditions: NA started Purell With Aloe treatment (dosage: Text:1/4 Of A Bottle) on NS. Soon after starting Purell With Aloe treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Accidental Exposure
Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Purell With Aloe.

Accidental Exposure, Ocular Hyperaemia, Swelling Face
A 5-year-old female patient from UNITED STATES (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: accidental exposure and was treated with Purell Original(dosage: NA). The treatment was initiated on Nov 02, 2009. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Ocular Hyperaemia
  • Swelling Face
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Purell Original efficacy: NA.

Asthma, Cough, Discomfort, Facial Pain, Headache, Nasal Congestion, Nausea, Perfume Sensitivity, Rhinorrhoea
In this report, Purell Original was administered for the following condition: NA.A female consumer from UNITED STATES (weight: NA) started Purell Original treatment (dosage: NA) on NS.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Discomfort
  • Facial Pain
  • Headache
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nausea
  • Perfume Sensitivity
  • Rhinorrhoea
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction:
  • Flonase (Text:one Spray Once Daily)
Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Purell Original treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Accidental Exposure, Blood Alcohol Increased, Dizziness
This is a report of the following Purell Original side effect(s):
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Blood Alcohol Increased
  • Dizziness
A 6-year-old patient from UNITED STATES (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: accidental exposure and received a treatment with Purell Original (dosage: NA) starting: Sep 01, 2009.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions: NA.This report suggests that a Purell Original treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Caustic Injury, Rash
This Purell With Aloe report was submitted by a 2-year-old male consumer from UNITED STATES (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: prophylaxis and Purell With Aloe was administered (dosage: Text:one Pump Once) starting: Sep 21, 2009. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Caustic Injury
  • Rash
Other drugs used simultaneously: NA.Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Purell With Aloe treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Oedema Peripheral, Pruritus
This is a report of a possible correlation between Purell With Aloe use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Oedema Peripheral
  • Pruritus
which could contribute to an assessment of Purell With Aloe risk profile.A 16-year-old male consumer from UNITED STATES (weight: NA) was suffering from antibiotic prophylaxis and was treated with Purell With Aloe (dosage: Text:one Or Two Squirt Once) starting Sep 03, 2009.Other concurrent medications: NA.

Asthma, Discomfort, Headache, Nausea, Perfume Sensitivity, Sinusitis
A 59-year-old female patient from UNITED STATES (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: NA and after a treatment with Purell Original (dosage: NA) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Asthma
  • Discomfort
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Perfume Sensitivity
  • Sinusitis
The treatment was started on NS. Purell Original was used in combination with the following drugs:
  • Flonase (Text:one Spray Once Daily)
This report could alert potential Purell Original consumers.

Caustic Injury, Urticaria
In this report, a 46-year-old male patient from UNITED STATES (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Purell Original side effect.The patient was diagnosed with prophylaxis,hypertension. After a treatment with Purell Original (dosage: Text:^enough To Cover Hands/ Forearms^ 1 Time, start date: Feb 01, 2009), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Caustic Injury
  • Urticaria
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction:
  • Atenolol (Text:25 Mg 1 X A Day)
The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Purell Original treatment.

Accidental Exposure, Gait Disturbance, Poisoning
This is a report of a 4-year-old female patient from AUSTRALIA (weight: NA), who used Purell Vitamin E (dosage: Text:two Mouthfuls) for a treatment of NA. After starting a treatment on Jul 24, 2009, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Gait Disturbance
  • Poisoning
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Purell Vitamin E treatment NA.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Purell Vitamin E treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Accidental Exposure, Gait Disturbance, Poisoning.

Accidental Exposure, Rash
This accidental exposure side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from UNITED STATES. A 56-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis,hypertension. The patient was prescribed Purell Original (dosage: Text:a ^dime^ 3 Times A Day), which was started on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Metoprolol Succinate (Text:100mg Twice A Day)
  • Zoloft (Text:100mg 1 X A Day)
  • Lisinopril (Text:25mg 2 X A Day)
When starting to take Purell Original the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Rash
These side effects may potentially be related to Purell Original.

Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision Blurred
This is a Purell With Aloe side effect report of a female patient (weight:NA) from UNITED STATES, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: accidental exposure,neck pain, who was treated with Purell With Aloe (dosage:Text:once, start time: Apr 27, 2009), combined with:
  • Darvocet
, and developed a serious reaction and a caustic injury side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Caustic Injury
  • Chemical Burns Of Eye
  • Vision Blurred
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Purell With Aloe treatment in female patients suffering from accidental exposure,neck pain, resulting in caustic injury.

Blister, Burns Second Degree
This report suggests a potential Purell Original blister side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 14-year-old female patient from UNITED STATES (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): infection prophylaxis and used Purell Original (dosage: NA) starting NS. Soon after starting Purell Original the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Blister
  • Burns Second Degree
Drugs used concurrently:NA. Although Purell Original demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as blister, may still occur.

Accidental Exposure, Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision Blurred
This accidental exposure problem was reported by a physician from UNITED STATES. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): accidental exposure.On Apr 27, 2009 a consumer started treatment with Purell With Aloe (dosage: Text:once). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Purell With Aloe, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Caustic Injury
  • Chemical Burns Of Eye
  • Vision Blurred
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as accidental exposure, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Burns Second Degree, Dermatitis Contact, Oedema Peripheral
This is a Purell With Aloe side effect report of a male patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis and was treated with Purell With Aloe (dosage: NA) starting Mar 08, 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA. Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Burns Second Degree
  • Dermatitis Contact
  • Oedema Peripheral
This opens a possibility that Purell With Aloe could cause burns second degree and that some male patients may be more susceptible.

Accidental Exposure, Eye Irritation, Superficial Injury Of Eye, Vision Blurred, Visual Impairment
A 12-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES with the following symptoms: antibiotic prophylaxis started Purell With Aloe treatment (dosage: NA) on NS. Soon after starting Purell With Aloe treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Eye Irritation
  • Superficial Injury Of Eye
  • Vision Blurred
  • Visual Impairment
. Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Purell With Aloe side effects, such as accidental exposure.

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 (dosage: Text:1 ^dab^ Once), which was started on May 20, 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA..When starting to take Purell Original the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Vision Blurred
These side effects may potentially be related to Purell Original.

Accidental Exposure, Device Malfunction
This is a report of a 49-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES, suffering from the following 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). The consumer presented with:
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Device Malfunction
which developed 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.

Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision Blurred
This report suggests a potential Purell With Aloe Caustic Injury, Chemical Burns Of Eye, Vision Blurred 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. Soon after starting Purell With Aloe the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Caustic Injury
  • Chemical Burns Of Eye
  • Vision Blurred
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.

Accidental Exposure, Eye Burns, Eye Irritation
This Accidental Exposure, Eye Burns, Eye Irritation 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 commencing Purell Original, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Accidental Exposure
  • Eye Burns
  • Eye Irritation
Although 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.

Burns Second Degree, Oedema Peripheral
This is a report of a 71-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis and was treated with Purell With Aloe (dosage: NA) starting Mar 08, 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Burns Second Degree
  • Oedema Peripheral
This opens a possibility that Purell With Aloe treatment could cause the above reactions, including burns second degree, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.

Asthma, Dyspnoea, Product Quality Issue, Sinusitis
A 78-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES with the following symptoms/conditions: antibiotic prophylaxis started Purell Original treatment (dosage: Text:everytime She Would Use The Bathroom) on NS. Soon after starting Purell Original treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Asthma
  • Dyspnoea
  • Product Quality Issue
  • Sinusitis
Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Purell Original.

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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

    Purell safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 1

    Reported hospitalizations: 1

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