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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Chloramphenicol (chloramphenicol systemic) is a member of the drug class miscellaneous antibiotics and is used to treat Anthrax, Bacterial Infection, Brucellosis, Cholera, Glanders, Lemierre's Syndrome, Meningitis, Ornithosis, Plague, Psittacosis, Rabbit Fever and Rickettsial Infection.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Category


Chemical Name

Acetamide, 2,2-dichloro-N-[2-hydroxy-1-(hydroxymetyl)-2-(4-nitrophenyl)etyl]-, [R-(R*,R*)]-

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Chloramphenicol (OS: BAN, JAN)
  • Chloramphénicol (OS: DCF)
  • Cloramfenicolo (OS: DCIT)
  • CN 3005 (IS)
  • Juvamycetin (IS)
  • Mediamycetin (IS)
  • Chloramphenicol (PH: BP 2018, JP XVII, Ph. Eur. 9.1, Ph. Int. 7, USP 41)
  • Chloramphénicol (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Chloramphenicolum (PH: Ph. Eur. 9.1, Ph. Int. 7)
  • Chloramphenicol Palmitate (OS: BANM, JAN)
  • Detreopal (IS)
  • Chloramphénicol (palmitate de) (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Chloramphenicol Palmitate (PH: BP 2018, JP XVII, Ph. Int. 7, USP 41)
  • Chloramphenicol palmitate (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Chloramphenicoli palmitas (PH: Ph. Eur. 9, Ph. Int. 7)
  • Chloramphenicolpalmitat (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • CMS (Parke-Davis) (IS)
  • Chloramphenicol Sodium Succinate (OS: BANM, JAN)
  • Chloramphénicol (succinate sodique de) (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Chloramphenicol sodium succinate (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Chloramphenicol Sodium Succinate (PH: BP 2018, JP XVII, Ph. Int. 7, USP 41)
  • Chloramphenicolhydrogensuccinat-Natrium (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Chloramphenicoli natrii succinas (PH: Ph. Eur. 9, Ph. Int. 7)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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