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Common Sorbitol Side Effects


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

Transurethral Resection Syndrome (8)
Hyponatraemia (7)
Tracheal Stenosis (3)
Tracheal Oedema (3)
Pulmonary Oedema (3)
Gastrointestinal Necrosis (3)
Blood Pressure Decreased (2)
Abdominal Pain (2)
Haemoglobin Decreased (2)
Procedural Complication (2)
Retroperitoneal Effusion (1)
Nodal Rhythm (1)
Serositis (1)
Uterine Cervical Laceration (1)
Iatrogenic Injury (1)
Hyperlactacidaemia (1)
Gastrointestinal Perforation (1)
Haemorrhage (1)
Hyperglycaemia (1)
Hypoxia (1)

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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.

Sorbitol Side Effects Reported to FDA



Sorbitol Side Effect Report#7567924-8
Abdominal Pain, Diverticulitis
This is a report of a 87-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Switzerland, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Sorbitol (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Kayexalate
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Abdominal Pain, Diverticulitis after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Sorbitol treatment in male patients, resulting in Abdominal Pain side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6669292-2
Acidosis, Blood Calcium Decreased, Blood Pressure Decreased, Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged, Haemorrhage, Hyponatraemia, Iatrogenic Injury, Procedural Complication
This report suggests a potential Sorbitol For Irrigation Acidosis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 51-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Sorbitol For Irrigation (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Sorbitol For Irrigation the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Acidosis, Blood Calcium Decreased, Blood Pressure Decreased, Electrocardiogram Qt Prolonged, Haemorrhage, Hyponatraemia, Iatrogenic Injury, Procedural ComplicationAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA.The patient was hospitalized. Although Sorbitol For Irrigation demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Acidosis, may still occur.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6608893-4
Cervix Haemorrhage Uterine, Fluid Retention, Haemoglobin Decreased, Hyponatraemia, Uterine Cervical Laceration
This Cervix Haemorrhage Uterine problem was reported by a health professional from Japan. A 69-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: wound treatment,anaesthesia. On NS this consumer started treatment with Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Bupivacaine Hcl
  • Pentazocine
  • Metoclopramide Hydrochloride
  • Sevoflurane
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Oxygen
When using Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Cervix Haemorrhage Uterine, Fluid Retention, Haemoglobin Decreased, Hyponatraemia, Uterine Cervical LacerationAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Cervix Haemorrhage Uterine, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6470526-8
Transurethral Resection Syndrome
This Transurethral Resection Syndrome side effect was reported by a physician from Japan. A 81-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: bladder irrigation,local anaesthesia.The patient was prescribed Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Apr 30, 2009. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Diazepam
  • Bupivacaine
.After starting to take Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Transurethral Resection SyndromeThese side effects may potentially be related to Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6432607-4
Transurethral Resection Syndrome
This is a report of a 81-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Japan, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: bladder irrigation,local anaesthesia, who was treated with Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Diazepam
  • Bupivacaine
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Transurethral Resection Syndrome after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container treatment in male patients, resulting in Transurethral Resection Syndrome side effect.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6411003-X
Tracheal Oedema, Tracheal Stenosis, Transurethral Resection Syndrome
This report suggests a potential Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container Tracheal Oedema side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 59-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Japan was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: transurethral prostatectomy and used Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA) starting
Oct 10, 2008. After starting Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Tracheal Oedema, Tracheal Stenosis, Transurethral Resection SyndromeAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Sevoflurane
  • Fentanyl-100
Although Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Tracheal Oedema, may still occur.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6395490-1
Abdominal Pain, Transurethral Resection Syndrome
This Abdominal Pain problem was reported by a health professional from Japan. A 69-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: bladder hydrodistension. On
Jul 14, 2003 this consumer started treatment with Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Abdominal Pain, Transurethral Resection SyndromeAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Abdominal Pain, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6392511-7
Tracheal Oedema, Tracheal Stenosis, Transurethral Resection Syndrome
This Tracheal Oedema side effect was reported by a physician from Japan. A 59-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: transurethral prostatectomy,anaesthesia.The patient was prescribed Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on
Oct 10, 2008. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Sevoflurane
  • Fentanyl-100
.After starting to take Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Tracheal Oedema, Tracheal Stenosis, Transurethral Resection SyndromeThese side effects may potentially be related to Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6390989-6
Tracheal Oedema, Tracheal Stenosis, Transurethral Resection Syndrome
This is a report of a 59-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Japan, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: transurethral prostatectomy,anaesthesia, who was treated with Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA, start time:
Oct 10, 2008), combined with:
  • Sevoflurane
  • Fentanyl-100
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Tracheal Oedema, Tracheal Stenosis, Transurethral Resection Syndrome after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container treatment in male patients, resulting in Tracheal Oedema side effect.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6387141-7
Gastrointestinal Necrosis
This report suggests a potential Sorbitol Gastrointestinal Necrosis side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 85-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from United States was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: hyperkalaemia and used Sorbitol (dosage: Unk) starting NS. After starting Sorbitol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Gastrointestinal NecrosisAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Kayexalate
Although Sorbitol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Gastrointestinal Necrosis, may still occur.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6387129-6
Gastrointestinal Necrosis, Gastrointestinal Perforation, Serositis
This Gastrointestinal Necrosis problem was reported by a physician from United States. A 83-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: hyperkalaemia. On NS this consumer started treatment with Sorbitol (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Kayexalate
When using Sorbitol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Gastrointestinal Necrosis, Gastrointestinal Perforation, SerositisAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Gastrointestinal Necrosis, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6387116-8
Gastrointestinal Necrosis
This Gastrointestinal Necrosis side effect was reported by a physician from United States. A 83-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: hyperkalaemia.The patient was prescribed Sorbitol (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Kayexalate
.After starting to take Sorbitol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Gastrointestinal NecrosisThese side effects may potentially be related to Sorbitol.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6375955-9
Transurethral Resection Syndrome
This is a report of a 69-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Japan, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: bladder hydrodistension, who was treated with Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA, start time:
Jul 01, 2003), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Transurethral Resection Syndrome after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container treatment in female patients, resulting in Transurethral Resection Syndrome side effect.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6271144-7
Hyperglycaemia, Hyperlactacidaemia, Hyponatraemia
This report suggests a potential Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container Hyperglycaemia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 83-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Japan was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: transurethral bladder resection and used Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA) starting
Jul 06, 2009. After starting Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Hyperglycaemia, Hyperlactacidaemia, HyponatraemiaAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Hyperglycaemia, may still occur.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#6186421-8
Abdominal Distension, Hyponatraemia, Procedural Complication, Retroperitoneal Effusion, Weight Increased
This Abdominal Distension problem was reported by a physician from Japan. A 82-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: transurethral bladder resection. On
Mar 04, 2009 this consumer started treatment with Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Abdominal Distension, Hyponatraemia, Procedural Complication, Retroperitoneal Effusion, Weight IncreasedThe 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 Abdominal Distension, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#5833500-8
Diarrhoea
This Diarrhoea side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Sorbitol (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Sorbitan
.After starting to take Sorbitol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: DiarrhoeaThese side effects may potentially be related to Sorbitol.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#5745351-3
Hyponatraemia, Pulmonary Oedema
This is a report of a 77-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Japan, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: transurethral prostatectomy,spinal anaesthesia, who was treated with Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA, start time:
Feb 27, 2003), combined with:
  • Dibucaine
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hyponatraemia, Pulmonary Oedema after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container treatment in male patients, resulting in Hyponatraemia side effect.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#5736092-7
Hyponatraemia, Pulmonary Oedema, Transurethral Resection Syndrome
This report suggests a potential Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container Hyponatraemia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 77-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Japan was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: transurethral prostatectomy,spinal anaesthesia and used Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Hyponatraemia, Pulmonary Oedema, Transurethral Resection SyndromeAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Dibucaine
Although Sorbitol 3% In Plastic Container demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Hyponatraemia, may still occur.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#5163463-2
Chest Pain
This Chest Pain problem was reported by a health professional from United States. A female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: constipation. On
Mar 06, 2006 this consumer started treatment with Sorbitol Solution Usp - 70% W/w (dosage: 1 Tablespoon 1x Only Mouth). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Sorbitol Solution Usp - 70% W/w, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Chest PainAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Chest Pain, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Sorbitol Side Effect Report#4664773-5
Blood Pressure Decreased, Blood Sodium Decreased, Bradycardia, Depressed Level Of Consciousness, Haemoglobin Decreased, Hyponatraemia, Hypoxia, Nodal Rhythm, Pulmonary Oedema
This Blood Pressure Decreased side effect was reported by a physician from . A 61-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: transurethral prostatectomy.The patient was prescribed Sorbitol (drug dosage: 60 L;), which was initiated on
Jan 31, 2003. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Sorbitol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Blood Pressure Decreased, Blood Sodium Decreased, Bradycardia, Depressed Level Of Consciousness, Haemoglobin Decreased, Hyponatraemia, Hypoxia, Nodal Rhythm, Pulmonary OedemaThese side effects may potentially be related to Sorbitol. The patient was hospitalized.



The appearance of Sorbitol 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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    Medicine Name and Dosage:
    Side Effects Scale Date & Time Other Medicine(s) or Treatment(s)
    Scale: 1 = very mild to 10 = very bad

    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.

    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Sorbitol reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
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    Sorbitol Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0264-2301
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameSorbitol
    NameSorbitol
    Dosage FormIRRIGANT
    RouteIRRIGATION
    On market since19780216
    LabelerB. Braun Medical Inc.
    Active Ingredient(s)SORBITOL
    Strength(s)3.3
    Unit(s)g/100mL
    Pharma Class

    Sorbitol Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 20

    Sorbitol safety alerts: No

    Reported deaths: 3

    Reported hospitalizations: 2

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