CHLORAMPHENICOL 1% W/W EYE OINTMENT
Active substance(s): CHLORAMPHENICOL
Ocumont 1% w/w Eye Ointment
Read all of this leaflet carefully before
you start using this medicine
because it contains important
information for you.
Always use this medicine exactly as
described in this leaflet or as your
pharmacist has told you.
– Keep this leaflet. You may need to
read it again.
– Ask your pharmacist if you need
more information or advice.
– If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this
– You must talk to a doctor if you do not
feel better after 5 days or if you feel
worse at any time.
In this leaflet you will find the
1. What your medicine is and what it is
2. Before you use your medicine
3. How to use your medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store your medicine
6. Contents of the pack and other
foreign body in the eye
• You have recently had an eye
• You have or have had glaucoma
(raised pressure in the eye) or dry
• You have had eye surgery or laser
treatment in the last 6 months
• Your eye has had an injury
• You are using any eye drops or eye
• You wear contact lenses. If you have
been advised to use this ointment, do
not wear your lenses during the
course of treatment. Soft contact
lenses should not be replaced for 24
hours after completing the treatment.
Before using this ointment, tell your
pharmacist if you suffer from any other
1. WHAT YOUR MEDICINE IS AND
WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Other medicines and Ocumont Eye
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking, have recently taken or might
take any other medicines.
Do not use this ointment if you are
taking bone marrow depressant drugs
(drugs which reduce bone marrow
activity resulting in low blood cell counts)
such as azathioprine or are receiving
It is an eye ointment and each tube
contains 4 grams of the medicine. The
active ingredient in this ointment is
chloramphenicol, which is an antibiotic
(medicines used for infections caused
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are 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 ointment.
This ointment is used to treat acute
bacterial conjunctivitis, which is an
infection of the outer surface of the eye
that causes redness, discomfort and
discharge from the affected eye.
However, this ointment is not suitable
for treating severe infections that have
spread to the deeper layers of the eye.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or operate machines if you
have blurred vision after using this
ointment. You should wait until your vision
clears before driving or using machines.
2. BEFORE YOU USE YOUR MEDICINE
Do not use this Ointment if:
• You are allergic to chloramphenicol or
any of the other ingredients of this
medicine (listed in Section 6 for more
• You or anyone in your family has had
blood problems such as a low white
blood cell, red blood cell or platelet
This ointment is for children over 2 years,
adults and the elderly. Do not use in
children below the age of 2 years
without advice from a doctor.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not use this ointment and seek
advice from a doctor if
• Your eye sight is affected, for example,
reduced or blurred vision
• You have pain within the eye
• Your eyes are sensitive to light
• Your eye is inflamed and you have a
rash on the scalp or face
• Your eye looks cloudy
• The pupil of your eye looks unusual
• You have or think you may have a
3. HOW TO USE YOUR MEDICINE
• Always use this ointment exactly as
your pharmacist has told you. Check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you
are not sure.
• Use only in the eye, do not take it by
mouth. The contents are sterile until
the seal is broken. Do not use if the
seal is broken before first opening.
Children over 2 years, adults and the
The dose is about 1 cm of ointment to
be put in the affected eye(s).
If using just the eye ointment, use it 3
to 4 times a day.
If using eye drops during the day and
the ointment at night - put the ointment
in just before going to bed.
The course of treatment is 5 days; so,
keep using the ointment for 5 days
even if you feel better.
Use your ointment in the following
1. Always wash and dry your hands
before you put the eye ointment in
2. Remove the cap.
3. Take special care that the nozzle of
the tube does not touch your eye, the
skin around your eye or your fingers.
4. You may use a mirror to help you see
what you are doing.
5. Place the nozzle of the tube close to
your eye and gently pull the lower
eyelid downwards and look up.
6. Squeeze the tube gently and put
about 1cm of ointment in the space
between the lower lid and the eye.
7. Close your eye for a moment.
8. Where both eyes are to be treated,
repeat steps from 3 to 7.
9. Replace the cap securely after use.
• use this ointment for more than 5
days without consulting your doctor
• share your ointment with anyone else
If you use too much or swallow your
ointment, contact your doctor
although it is unlikely to cause you any
If you forget to use a dose of this
ointment, put it in as soon as possible,
but if it is almost time for the next dose
then miss the skipped dose and return
to your normal dosing schedule. Do not
use a double dose to make up for a
Talk to your doctor if your eyes do not
improve within 48 hours.
Do not store the tube above 25˚C.
Do not use this ointment after the
expiry date which is stated on the tube
and the carton.
After 5 days throw away any eye
ointment left. Medicines should not be
disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to dispose of medicines that are no
longer required. These measures will
help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND
The active ingredient in Ocumont Eye
Ointment is chloramphenicol 1% w/w
which is equivalent to chloramphenicol
10 mg per gram. This product also
contains liquid paraffin and white
petroleum as excipients.
Each tube of Ocumont Eye Ointment
contains 4 grams of yellowish-white
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Blumont Pharma Ltd.,
23 Moortown Close, Grantham,
United Kingdom NG31 9GG
Tubilux Pharma S.p.A.,
Via Costarica 20/22,
00071 Pomezia (Rome), Italy
If your eye gets worse see your doctor
PL Number: 31103/0018
If you have any further questions on the
use of this medicine, ask your pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
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Like all medicines, this ointment can
cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
This leaflet was last revised in
Stop using this ointment and
immediately contact your doctor if
you get any of the following symptoms
(general allergic reaction): breathing
problems, fever, swelling of the face,
lips or tongue or rash with swelling of
Or, very rarely, bruising, bleeding,
infections and weakness (symptoms of
As with other eye preparations, you may
occasionally experience eye burning,
stinging, sensitivity or visual blurring
after initial application. If this continues
or increases, stop using the ointment.
Chloramphenicol may not work against
certain types of infections and other
types of bacteria or fungi, which are not
killed, may take over from the original
infection. This may seem as if the
original infection has not cleared up or
has got worse.
Reporting of side effects
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 By reporting
side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE YOUR
Keep out of the sight and reach of
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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