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Chloramphenicol - Ophthalmic - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Other Known Brands
  • Minims Chl    
  • Xepanicol    
  • Chloramex    
  • Spersanico    

Why do I need this medicine?

Chloramphenicol is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. It is used to reduce the redness and swelling in eye infections such as conjunctivitis.

How do I use this medicine?

Use Chloramphenicol exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine is available as an eye drop solution or as an eye ointment.

To use this medicine:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using Chloramphenicol.
  2. Tilt your head slightly backwards. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch and look upward.
  3. Apply the required amount by gently squeezing the tube of the ointment or the dropper of the solution to release the required dose inside the lower eyelid.
  4. Close your eyes and do not blink for the next 30 seconds.
  5. Wipe any excess ointment or liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
  6. Replace and tighten the cap after each use.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface. Recap immediately after use. If this medicine becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.

If you have been given any other eye drops or medicines to be used together with Chloramphenicol, wait for at least 10 minutes before using the other medicine.

Do not share this medicine with anyone else.

Use Chloramphenicol at regular intervals. Complete the entire course of medicine.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have a history of bone marrow or blood disorder as Chloramphenicol may not be suitable for you.

Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Chloramphenicol.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • any problems with your eyesight e.g. reduced sight, blurred vision or halos around lights, inflamed eye, cloudy pupil of the eyes, eyes are sensitive to light, dry eyes or if there is a foreign body in your eyes
  • eye infection
  • recently had an eye surgery or laser treatment
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are wearing soft contact lenses, remove it before using Chloramphenicol.

Prolonged use of this medicine is not advisable. Use only as instructed by your doctor.

What side effects could I experience?

Chloramphenicol may cause some problems with your eyesight. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: burning, stinging and itching of the eyes.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I use this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are using any other medicines in your eyes.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Store away from the reach of children. Protect from heat.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Chloramphenicol - Ophthalmic and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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