Chloroform is not a good general anaesthetic because :
- The signs of chloroform anaesthesia are not clear.
- It has several major toxic effects on the liver, heart and kidneys.
- It produces hypotension, arrhythmia and cardiac arrest.
- It may produce ventricular fibrillation as well as respiratory arrest.
- There is also the possibility of paralytic ileus due to diminished intestinal motility.
- The rapid induction may produce laryngospasm, breath holding, tachypnoea and coughing. Due to its major toxic effects on vital organs, it is not used as a general anaesthetic.