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CHLOROMYTOL 0.5% W/V EYE DROPS

Active substance(s): CHLORAMPHENICOL

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Chloromytol® 0.5% w/v Eye Drops
Chloramphenicol
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without a prescription to treat bacterial conjunctivitis. However, you still need to use
this medicine carefully to get the best results.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve within 48 hours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effect not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.

The product is known by the name above but will be referred to as Chloromytol Eye Drops throughout the rest of this leaflet.
In this leaflet:
1. What is in this medicine and what is it used for
2. Before you use this medicine
3. How to use this medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store this medicine
6. Further information

1. WHAT IS IN THIS MEDICINE AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR
Chloromytol Eye Drops contain an antibiotic called chloramphenicol.
It is used to kill bacteria that cause infections of the surface of the eye. If your eye is infected it will probably be
red and feel gritty. You may experience a sticky discharge from the eye. The infection and its effect on your eye is
called bacterial conjunctivitis.
The medicine can be used to treat adults and children aged 2 years and over.

2. BEFORE YOU USE THIS MEDICINE
Do not use this medicine if:
• you have experienced problems involving your blood cells when using chloramphenicol in the past
• you wear contact lenses. If your doctor, contact lens practitioner or pharmacist has advised you to use this
product, stop wearing the contact lenses until 24 hours after the end of the 5 day treatment
• you have ever had, or have, an allergic reaction to chloramphenicol or any of the other ingredients listed in
the section on “What this medicine contains”. Signs of an allergy include: a rash; swelling of your lips, face
and tongue; difficulty breathing
• you or someone in your family has ever had a blood disease or bone marrow problems. Signs of this include
tiredness, unusual bruising or an increase in the number of infections that you get
• the tamper evident seal on the bottle cap had been broken before your use.
Talk to a doctor first if:
• you have a foreign body (e.g. splinter or grit) in your eye or, it is physically injured
• your eye is inflamed and you have a rash on the scalp or face
• you are sensitive to light or feel pain within your eyeball
• you cannot see properly (reduced or blurred vision)
• the black or coloured parts of your eye look cloudy or unusual.
Talk to a doctor or pharmacist first if:
• you suffer from raised pressure in the eyes (glaucoma) or dry eyes
• you had eye surgery or laser treatment in the last six months
• you are using, or have recently used, any other eye drop or eye ointment
• you are suffering from other eye problems or experience any visual disturbances
• you have an eye infection which keeps coming back.
Using other medicines:
Please tell your pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines
obtained without a prescription, particularly the following:
• medicines for cancer
• medicines for the immune system such as azothioprine.
Pregnancy and breast feeding:
You must consult a doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. Do not use this
medicine if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding, unless your doctor specifically tells you
to use it.
Driving and using Machines:
You may have blurred vision after using these eye drops. If this happens do not drive, or use any machines, until
your vision is clear.

Information about some of the ingredients:
This medicine contains phenylmercuric nitrate as a preservative and this may cause allergic reactions.

3. HOW TO USE THIS MEDICINE
For use in adults and children aged 2 years and over.
Check the seal on the bottle is not broken before first use: if it is, do not use the drops and return them to the
pharmacy where you bought them.
Apply the drops into to the affected eye only. Always follow the instructions.
1. Wash and dry your hands.
2. Break the seal when removing the cap for the first time.
3. Avoid contaminating the tip of the dropper by touching the eye or surrounding
areas, or even breathing on it.
4. Tilt your head back or lie down.
5. Bring the tip of the bottle held nozzle downwards close to your affected eye.
6. Pull down the bottom eye-lid of the affected eye gently using a clean finger.
7. Release one drop of the medicine into the space between the eye and eye-lid by
squeezing the bottle gently.
8. Allow the eyelids to close for a moment.
9. If both eyes needs treatment put one drop into each eye following steps 4 to 8.
How much to use:
• one drop every 2 hours for the first 48 hours, and then
• one drop every 4 hours.
Use the drops during waking hours only. If symptoms worsen at any stage, or do not improve within 48 hours,
seek the advice of a doctor. Do not stop because you feel better: it is important to finish the course of treatment.
Do not use this product for more than five days.
If you forget to use this medicine apply it as soon as you remember unless, it is time for your next dose. Do not
apply two doses at the same time.
This medicine should not be taken by mouth; however, if you swallow the drops accidentally you should contact
your doctor or pharmacist at once.
If you use more drops than you should wash your eye with plenty of cool water. If any painful symptoms continue
after this, you should tell your doctor immediately. If you cannot do this, you should go to your nearest hospital
accident and emergency (casualty) department taking the medicine and packaging with you.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Chloromytol Eye Drops can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.
Stop using Chloromytol Eye Drops immediately and see a doctor if you get:
• allergic effects such as itchy skin, rash, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, wheeziness or difficulty
breathing, fever
• severe tiredness, sore throat, bruising easily or being unable to overcome infection.
Tell a doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side effects get serious or last longer than a few days.
• Stinging or burning in your eyes. This should last for only a short time, immediately after using the eye drops
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
pharmacist or doctor.

5. HOW TO STORE THIS MEDICINE
Replace the cap on the bottle securely after use and store in the outer carton to protect from light.
Store between 2oC and 8oC (in a refrigerator).
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use after the ‘Use Before’date on the label or carton.
Throw away any of this medicine left at the end of the 5-day course of treatment or, return it to the pharmacy
where you bought it.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What this medicine contains:
• The active substance is chloramphenicol. Each 1ml of the drops contains 5mg of chloramphenicol as a
0.5% w/v solution.
• The other ingredients are borax, boric acid, phenylmercuric nitrate and purified water.
There is 10ml of sterile eye solution in each pack.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and contact for further information:
Mercury Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Capital House, 85 King William Street, London EC4N 7BL, UK
Manufacturer:
Lomapharm, Rudolf Lohmann GmbH KG, Langes Feld 5, D-31860 Emmerthal, Germany.
This leaflet was last revised in December 2013.
Chloromytol is a registered trade mark of Mercury Pharma Group Limited
101926/LF/3

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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