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Active substance(s): CHLORAMPHENICOL

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Adults and children aged 2 years and
A course of treatment lasts 5 days:
• If the eye ointment is being used alone,
squeeze a thin line of ointment inside
the lower eyelid of each affected eye
3 to 4 times a day. This means that you
should use it about every 4 – 6 hours.
• If you are using Chloramphenicol eye
drops during the day and the eye
ointment at night – apply the ointment
at night, before going to bed.
Your pharmacist will advise which is the
most suitable treatment for you.
When using the ointment
• Wash your hands before and after using
the ointment
• Sit or stand in front of a mirror
• Take off the tube cap
• Tilt the head gently backwards
• Gently pull lower eyelid down
• Gently squeezing the tube, put about
1cm of ointment into the space between
the lower eyelid and the eye
• Let go of the eyelid
and blink a few
times. This will
help spread the
ointment over the eye
• Try not to touch the eye, eyelashes, or
anything else with the tip of the tube
• Repeat for the other eye, if affected
• Replace the cap securely after use
It is important to complete the course of
treatment even if your eyes feel better.


Chloramphenicol 1.0% w/w
Antibiotic Eye Ointment

Read all the leaflet carefully because
it contains important information
for you. This medicine is available
without a prescription. However, you
still need to use it carefully to get the
best results from it.
• 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 get worse or do not
• If any of the side effects gets serious,
or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1. What your medicine is and what it is
used for
2. Before you use your medicine
3. How to use your medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing your medicine
6. Further information

1. What your medicine is and
what it is used for
Chloramphenicol belongs to a group of
medicines called antibiotics. Antibiotics
are used for infections caused by bacteria.
Chloramphenicol eye ointment is for
simple eye infections called “acute bacterial
conjunctivitis”. This is sometimes known
as “red eye” because the white part of
the affected eye(s) will be red and/or the
eyelid(s) will be red or swollen. There may
also be a sticky discharge which can make
the eye difficult to open in the morning,
and the eye may feel ‘gritty’ or ‘irritated’.

2. Before you use your medicine
Do not use the ointment and talk to
your doctor or pharmacist if:
• You are allergic to Chloramphenicol
or anything else in the ointment.
Everything in the ointment is listed in
Section 6 “Further Information”.
• You or a member of your family has
had problems with their blood or bone
marrow. These problems can include a
severe reduction in red blood cells or
lower than normal blood count.
• The person needing to use the ointment
is under 2 years of age.
Do not use the ointment and talk to
your doctor or pharmacist straight away
if any of the following apply to you:
• Your eye is painful (rather than just
feeling sore or gritty) or you have pain or
swelling around the eye or face.

• Your sight is affected by loss of vision,
reduced or blurred vision or you see
halos around lights.
• It is too painful to open your eyes
• Your pupil (the black circle in the centre
of your eye) looks different. It may be
torn, not round, very big or does not
change size in the light.
• Your eye looks cloudy.
• You have had an eye infection in the past
• You have glaucoma (high pressure inside
your eye).
• You have “dry eye syndrome”.
• You have injured your eye.
• You think there may be something
in your eye or you have splashed
something in your eye.
• You are already using other eye drops or
eye ointment.
• You have had eye surgery or laser
treatment in the last 6 months.
If you wear contact lenses, seek
advice either from your contact lens
practitioner (optician, optometrist) or
doctor before you use this product.
• You should not wear your contact lenses
during the course of treatment.
• If you wear soft contact lenses do not
start wearing them for at least 24 hours
after you have finished the eye ointment.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking any other medicines, especially:
• Other eye ointments or eye drops
• Medicines which may affect your bone
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use this medicine if you are
pregnant, breast feeding or trying to
become pregnant. If you become pregnant
while using this ointment, stop using it and
see your doctor.

Talk to your doctor immediately if:
• Your eyes get worse at any time
• There is no improvement within 2 days
Do not repeat the course of treatment
without consulting your doctor or
If you miss a dose, use the ointment as
directed above and then continue your
normal course of treatment.
Do not share your eye ointment with
anyone else.
If the contents of this tube are swallowed,
contact your doctor straight away or go to
your nearest hospital casualty department.
Take with you the tube and container so
that the medicine can be identified.

4. Possible side effects

Driving and using machinery
The ointment may cause blurred vision due
to smearing or stinging.
• This will only happen for a short period
after it is put in your eye.
• If this happens do not drive or use
machinery until you can see clearly.

Like all medicines, Chloramphenicol Eye
Ointment can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them. Most of these
side effects affect only the eye and may
not last very long. If you have any severe
or persistent side effect you should stop
the ointment and contact your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse immediately.
If you notice any of the following side
effects, you must stop using the ointment
and contact your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse, or the nearest hospital
emergency department immediately.
Very severe side effects:
• swelling of your face and neck
• difficulty in breathing
• a drop in blood pressure and
• high temperature

3. How to use your medicine
Chloramphenicol eye ointment is used
by placing a small amount (about 1cm) in
the space between the lower eyelid and
the eye. Always follow your pharmacist’s
• Do not take it by mouth
• Do not use for children under 2 years of
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• rashes that may be red and raised and
may blister.
Less severe side effects:
• allergic reactions that affect only the
eyes and can cause redness and itching,
with swelling of the eyelids.
When Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment
is given by mouth or by injection, it
may cause drops of the numbers of all
types of blood cells leading to anemia,
infections and easy bruising and
bleeding. Very occasionally, these effects
cannot be reversed and have been fatal.
Although only very small amounts of
chloramphenicol are absorbed from the
eye ointment into your bloodstream, there
have been reports of these severe effects
even with eye ointment.
Tell your doctor immediately if you:
- notice that you are feeling generally
weak and tried, or
- get another infection or
- notice easy bleeding or bruising during
or shortly after using the drops.
Other local side effects:
- burning or stinging in and around the
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:
By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of
this medicine.

5. Storing your medicine
• Keep all medicines out of the reach and
sight of children.
• Sterile until opened.
• Do not store above 25oC.
• Protect from light.
• Do not use it after the expiry date shown
on the tube and carton.
• Discard any unused eye ointment
after completing your 5 day course of
treatment or return it to your pharmacist.

6. Further information
The name of this medicine is
Chloramphenicol 1.0% w/w Antibiotic Eye
This medicine contains the active
ingredient Chloramphenicol 1.0 w/w.Other
ingredients are Liquid Paraffin and Yellow
Soft Paraffin.
Each tube contains 4 grams of smooth
yellow eye ointment.
Tubilux Pharma S.P.A, Via Costarica, 20/22,
N/P – Pomenzia, Italy
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Bampton Road, Romford, RM3 8UG United
Text revised September 2014



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