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Chloramphenicol Eye Drops 0.5% w/v
Read all this leaflet carefully before you use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you personally. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours
• If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1. What Chloramphenicol Eye Drops are and
what they are used for
2. Before you use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops
3. How to use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing Chloramphenicol Eye Drops
6. Further information
This leaflet contains a summary of the
information available for this medicine. You
should ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are
unsure about any aspect of this medicine.

• any other medicines that are likely to
slow down the bone marrow’s production of
red blood cells (bone marrow depression).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Chloramphenicol Eye Drops should not be
used if you are pregnant, trying to become
pregnant or are breast-feeding, unless your
doctor has specifically recommended it.
Driving and using machines
Chloramphenicol Eye Drops can cause
temporary blurring of vision after application.
Wait until your vision is clear before driving or
using machines.

1. What Chloramphenicol Eye
Drops are and what they are
used for

3. How to use Chloramphenicol Eye

Chloramphenicol belongs to a group of
medicines called antibiotics. An antibiotic is
a medicine which is used for the treatment
of a variety of infections caused by bacteria.
Chloramphenicol Eye Drops are used in the
treatment of a wide range of eye infections
caused by bacteria.

If the eye(s) have an obvious discharge
or ‘crust’ they may be bathed with boiled
and cooled water before treating with
Chloramphenicol Eye Drops.

2. Before you use Chloramphenicol
Eye Drops
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
chloramphenicol or to any of the ingredients
listed in section 6 of this leaflet.
Take special care with Chloramphenicol Eye
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• you are pregnant, trying for a baby or are
• you wear contact lenses
• you have ever had an allergic (hypersensitive)
reaction to this or any other medicine
• you or someone in your family suffer from
problems with your blood (aplastic anaemia)
or bone marrow problems.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription.
Medicines which may interact with
Chloramphenicol Eye Drops include:
• the dietary supplement chymotrypsin

Always read the leaflet before beginning

Contact lenses should be taken out before
treatment with Chloramphenicol Eye Drops.
Instructions for use
1. Wash your hands well before use
2. Remove the outer cap. You may find it
easier to apply your drops in front of a
3. Tilt the head back and pull the lower lid of
the eye out to form a pocket
4. Hold the container between the thumb
and middle finger of the other hand, turn
the container upside down near to the eye,
try not to touch the eye with the nozzle
5. Apply enough pressure to
the container to release one
to two drops
6. Blink the eye a few times
7. If you think that you have
missed the eye, then insert
another drop
8. Repeat in the other eye if you have been
told to use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops in
both eyes
9. Replace the outer cap on the container,
trying not to touch the applicator tip with
anything, including the eye or the fingers
10. Wash your hands.
Continued overleaf

How much to use
One to two drops should be applied to each
affected eye up to six times daily or more
frequently if required. Severe infections
may require one or two drops every fifteen
to twenty minutes initially; reducing the
frequency of use as the infection is controlled.
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops more
often or for a longer period than your doctor
has directed.
Always use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops exactly
as your doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
Chloramphenicol Eye Drops are for external use
only. If you suspect someone has swallowed
any Chloramphenicol Eye Drops, contact your
doctor or go to the accident and emergency
department of your local hospital at once.
Always take the container with you, if possible,
even if empty.
If you forget to use Chloramphenicol Eye
Try not to miss doses. If you do miss a dose, do
not worry, just carry on as normal. Do not use
extra drops to make up.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Chloramphenicol Eye Drops
can cause side effects, although not everyone
gets them.
Possible side effects include:
• burning
• stinging
• itching
• inflammation of the skin (dermatitis).
Rare side effects include:
• damage to parts of the eye
• bone marrow depression (a condition where
the marrow is unable to produce red blood
• a reduced production and death of red blood
cells (anaemia)
• in very young children, grey baby syndrome.
Serious side effects are possible if you are
pregnant. If you become pregnant during
your course of treatment, stop immediatly and
consult you doctor.

5. Storing Chloramphenicol Eye
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Chloramphenicol Eye Drops after
the expiry date printed on the bottle label. The
expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Once you have opened the bottle use within
4 weeks.
You are advised to dispose of the bottle
once you have finished your 5 day course of
This medicine needs to be stored upright
between 2-8°C (in a refrigerator). Protect from
light. Do not allow it to freeze.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

6. Further information
What Chloramphenicol Eye Drops contains
The active ingredient is Chloramphenicol
0.5% w/v.
The other ingredients are Purified Water, Boric
Acid, Borax and Phenylmercuric Nitrate 0.002%
What Chloramphenicol Eye Drops look like
and contents of the pack
Chloramphenicol Eye Drops are supplied in
plastic bottles, each bottle containing 10ml of
sterile solution.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Bampton Road, Romford, RM3 8UG, England
Farmigea S.p.A.
Via G.B. Oliva 6/8
56121 Pisa, Italy
If you would like any more information, or
would like the leaflet in a different format,
please contact Medical Information at the
above address.
Product Licence Numbers: PL 00156/0048
HK – 09064

Prolonged use of Chloramphenicol Eye Drops is
not advisable. You should not use this product
for longer than 5 days at a time unless your
doctor has told you otherwise.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

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This leaflet was last updated March 2011



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