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Chloramphenicol 1.0% w/w Antibiotic Eye Ointment
Chloramphenicol 1.0% w/w
Antibiotic Eye Ointment
1. What Chloramphenicol Antibiotic Eye Ointment is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Chloramphenicol Antibiotic Eye Ointment
3. How to use Chloramphenicol Antibiotic Eye Ointment
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Chloramphenicol Antibiotic Eye Ointment
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Chloramphenicol belongs to a group of medicines called antibiotics. Antibiotics are used for infections caused by bacteria. Chloramphenicol eye ointment is for simple eye infections called “acute bacterial conjunctivitis”. This is sometimes known as “red eye” because the white part of the affected eye(s) will be red and/or the eyelid(s) will be red or swollen. There may also be a sticky discharge which can make the eye difficult to open in the morning, and the eye may feel ‘gritty’ or ‘irritated’. Chloramphenicol eye ointment is not suitable for treating eye infections that have spread to the deeper layers of the eye coverings or into the fluid within the eyeball. Antibiotic tablets or injections are needed to treat these deeper and more serious infections.
Chloramphenicol 1.0% w/w Eye ointment is recommended for Children over 2 years, adults and the elderly.
It is recommended that any child below the age of two years with an eye infection should be seen by a doctor.
Tell your doctor if:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, especially:
Chloramphenicol should not be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding unless considered essential by your doctor, as the effects are unknown.
If you are a pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
The ointment may cause blurred vision due to smearing or stinging.
Chloramphenicol eye ointment is used by placing a small amount (about 1cm) in the space between the lower eyelid and the eye. Always follow your pharmacist’s instructions. To be used in the eye(s) only.
A course of treatment lasts 5 days:
Whilst applying the ointment, do not
It is important to complete the course of treatment even if your eyes feel better-this could make your condition worse.
Do not repeat the course of treatment without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have only just missed a dose and it is a long time before the next dose is due, put in the missed dose of ointment straight away. If it is nearly time for your next dose, just put in the next dose of ointment at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten. dose.
Do not share your eye ointment with anyone else.
If the contents of this tube are swallowed, contact your doctor straight away or go to your nearest hospital casualty department. Take with you the tube and container so that the medicine can be identified.
Like all medicines, Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Some people may get one or more of these side effects. Some effects happen straight away but do not last long - others may only happen after several days of use.
Stop using your medicine and tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you experience the following side effects:
Rare side effects include:
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard, or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Chloramphenicol Antibiotic Eye Ointment after the expiry date printed on the crimp seal of the tube. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Once the tube is open use within 28 days.
You are advised to dispose of the tube once you have finished your 5 day course of treatment.
This medicine needs to be stored below 25°C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. The measures will help to protect the environment.
The name of this medicine is Chloramphenicol 1.0% w/w Antibiotic Eye Ointment.
This medicine contains the active ingredient Chloramphenicol 1.0 w/w.Other ingredients are Liquid Paraffin and White Soft Paraffin.
Each tube contains 4 grams of yellowish-white eye ointment.
This leaflet was last revised in: March 2022