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Ocu-Chlor Side Effects

Generic Name: chloramphenicol ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug chloramphenicol ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Ocu-Chlor.

Applies to chloramphenicol ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment, ophthalmic powder for solution, ophthalmic solution

As well as its needed effects, chloramphenicol ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Ocu-Chlor) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking chloramphenicol ophthalmic, check with your doctor immediately:

Rare - may also occur weeks or months after you stop using this medicine
  • Pale skin
  • sore throat and fever
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking chloramphenicol ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

Less common:
  • Itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or other sign of irritation not present before use of this medicine

Minor Side Effects

Some chloramphenicol ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

Less common:
  • Burning or stinging

After application, eye ointments may be expected to cause your vision to blur for a few minutes.

It is possible that some side effects of Ocu-Chlor may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

More about Ocu-Chlor (chloramphenicol ophthalmic)

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Other brands: Chloroptic, AK-Chlor

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