CHLOROMYCETIN 0.5 % W/V REDIDROPS EYEDROPS

Active substance: CHLORAMPHENICOL

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Important information about some of the ingredients of Chloromycetin Redidrops:
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
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Chloromycetin 0.5% w/v Redidrops Eye Drops
Chloramphenicol
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• Do not pass this medicine on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
This medicine is for you.
• Tell your doctor if:
• Any of the side effects gets serious
• You notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet.

The product is known by the name above but will be referred to as Chloromycetin Redidrops throughout
the rest of this leaflet.
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What Chloromycetin Redidrops are and what they are used for
Before you use Chloromycetin Redidrops
How to use Chloromycetin Redidrops
Possible side effects
How to store Chloromycetin Redidrops
Further information

1. What Chloromycetin Redidrops are and what they are used for
Chloramphenicol belongs to a group of medicines called antibiotics. Chloromycetin Redidrops is used for the
treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis (infection of the eye). The infected eye will probably be red, gritty or itchy.
In the morning there will be a sticky discharge which may make it difficult to open the eye. When put in the
eye, chloramphenicol works by helping kill the bacteria (germs) and allow the body to overcome the infection.

2. Before you use Chloromycetin Redidrops
Do not wear contact lenses during treatment. Wait until 24 hours after the end of the treatment before you
wear your contact lenses. You can wear glasses during treatment.
DO NOT use Chloromycetin Redidrops if the answer to the following questions is yes:
• Have you ever had an allergic reaction to chloramphenicol or to any of the other ingredients listed in this leaflet?
• Have you or someone in your family ever had a blood disorder or bone marrow disease including anemia
(decrease in the number of red blood cells). Signs of this include tiredness, unusual bruising or increase
in the number of infections that you get.

Take Special Care:
If any new infection appears during treatment, you should stop taking the drops and speak to your doctor.
If you use Chloromycetin Redidrops for a long time, your doctor may do some blood tests to check for any problems.

Take special care with Chloromycetin Redidrops and talk with your doctor or pharmacist
before taking your medicine if:













you have visual disturbances
you have severe pain in the eye
you are sensitive to light
your eye is inflamed and you have a rash on the scalp or face
your eye looks cloudy
the black or coloured part of the eye looks unusual .
you have a foreign body in the eye
you have an eye infection that keeps coming back
you have glaucoma (raised pressure in the eye)
you have dry eyes
you have eye injury or eye surgery
you are currently using any other eye drops or eye ointment

This medicine also contains phenylmercuric nitrate as a preservative and it is possible that you may
experience an allergic reaction. Tell your doctor if you have any known allergies.

3. How to use Chloromycetin Redidrops
Always use Chloromycetin Redidrops exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults, children and infants: The recommended dosage is two drops to be applied to the affected eye every 3
hours or more frequently if required. Continue treatment at least 48 hours after the eye appears normal.

Directions for use:
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Wash and dry your hands
Open the bottle. Be careful not to touch or breathe on the tip of the bottle
Tilt your head backwards while seated or lying down on your back
Look straight upwards and gently pull the lower lid downwards
Place the tip of the bottle close to your eye. Make sure the tip of the bottle does not touch the eye or skin
around the eye and your fingers.
6. Squeeze the bottle gently, allow two drops to fall between the bottom eyelid and eye
7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 for the second eye if it is infected
8. Replace the cap securely after use. Make sure your fingers do not touch the tip of the bottle
What to do if you miss a dose: If you forget to apply a dose, apply it as soon as you remember unless it
is time for your next dose. Do not apply two doses at the same time.
What to do if you overdose: if you accidently apply too much drops, you should wash your eye with plenty
of water. If any painful symptoms continue after this, you should tell your doctor immediately.

After starting to take your Chloromycetin Redidrops:
• Symptoms should start to improve after 24 hours. If symptoms do not improve in 48 hours, speak to your doctor.
• Repeated use or long periods of treatment with Chloromycetin Redidrops can cause the infection to
become resistant to treatment.
• Seek immediate medical advice if symptoms worsen at any time.
• If you have a severe infection, you may also be given antibiotics to take by mouth

4. Possible side effects
Along with the relief of symptoms a medicine may produce side effects. Most people taking this medicine find
it causes no problems. A few people can be allergic to Chloromycetin Redidrops.
• You may notice that your eyes burn or sting for a short while after using the drops. If prolonged irritation,
swelling, watery eyes or sensitivity to light occurs, then the exposed eye should be washed with water for
15 minutes. If the symptoms continue after this, an eye examination may be required.
Stop taking your medicine and tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately if you experience the following side effects:
• Wheeziness (shortness of breath), fever, swelling of your face, lips or tongue, itching or rash with swelling
of the skin (the rash could be puffy (swollen) or blotchy, or look like little blisters.
• A sore throat, bruising or being unable to overcome an infection. On very rare occasions, patients using
Chloramphenicol have had changes in their blood cells causing severe tiredness or easy bruising.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• Any of the effects gets serious
• You notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet.

5. How to store Chloromycetin Redidrops
Keep Chloromycetin Redidrops out of the sight and reach of children.
Store in a refrigerator between 2oC and 8oC. Protect from light by storing in the original packaging.
Do not use Chloromycetin Redidrops after the expiry/use by date on the bottle or carton. Discard the drops
28 days after opening. Ask your Pharmacist how to dispose of them.

6. Further information

Using other medicines:

What Chloromycetin Redidrops contain:

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or having recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription. They may be affected by Chloramphenicol or affect how well the
drops works.

The active substance is chloramphenicol.
The other active ingredients are borax, boric acid, phenylmercuric nitrate, water for injection.

In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
• medicines for cancer such as methotrexate
• medicines for the immune system such as azathioprine

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
The drops should not be used in pregnancy unless your doctor feels that it is clearly needed, as the effects
are unknown. The drops should not be used whilst breast feeding. Tell your doctor if you are planning to
become pregnant, or are breastfeeding so that a different medicine can be considered.

Driving and using machines:
If the drops blurs your vision, do not drive or operate machines until you can clearly see again.

What Chloromycetin Redidrops looks like and contents of the pack:
Chloromycetin Redidrops is supplied in a flexible bottle with a plastic plug and cap assembly. Each 1ml of
redidrops contains 5 milligrams of Chloramphenicol. Bottle sizes are 5ml and 10ml.

Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd., No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 0XT, UK.
Manufacturer: Lomapharm, Rudolf Lohmann GmbH KG, Langes Feld 5, D-31860 Emmerthal, Germany.
Mercury Pharmaceuticals is licensed to use the registered trademark Chloromycetin
This leaflet was last revised in April 2012
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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