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Acute conjunctivitis is a bacterial infection known as 'red eye', with symptoms including reddening of the white part of the eye and a sticky discharge appearing in the eye in the mornings. This and other eye infections can be treated with the antibiotic ointment Chloramphenicol.
Antibiotics such as Chloramphenicol work by preventing bacteria from growing. As such, this medication is only effective in treating bacterial eye infections. It will have no effect on other kinds of eye infections.
Chloramphenicol is an example of a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it will be effective against a variety of different infections caused by different types of bacteria.
The way Chloramphenicol stops growth of bacteria is by stopping the bacteria from producing essential proteins. These proteins are necessary for the bacteria to reproduce. Thus, use of Chloramphenicol limits bacteria population growth, allowing the immune system to kill off all of the bacteria before they can reproduce.
To combat infections such as bacterial conjunctivitis, Chloramphenicol is applied directly into the eye where the bacteria causing the infection are located.
Both Chloramphenicol products, eye drops and eye ointment, can be used together. When using both products, eye drops should be applied during the day, and the eye ointment should be applied before sleeping. The course of this treatment is five days.
While using this medicine, do not use contact lenses. Ask a doctor before re-using contact lenses that were used before an eye infection, and ensure they are properly sterilized.
Wash hands before applying eye ointments. Avoid touching the eye or the tip if the ointment tube. Tilting the head backwards, gently pull down the lower eyelid. Apply a 1 centimeter drip of ointment into the pouch presented on the lower eyelid. After application, close the eye and move the eyeball in all directions to spread the ointment all over the eye. Avoid rubbing the eye or blinking.
If the other eye needs treatment too, repeat these steps. Eye ointment should be used as often as suggested by a doctor. After use, the tip of the tube should be wiped down with a tissue to remove any excess medicine.
If using other eye medicines, wait at least five minutes between each application. Any eye drops should be used before eye ointments.
To experience the greatest benefit from this medicine, it should be used regularly. Use this medicine at the same time(s) of day to keep a memorable routine. Always use this medicine for the full prescribed course. If the condition of the eye gets worse, consult a doctor.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Chloramphenicol eye ointment, however if you do they can include:
Burning or stinging around the eye.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The active ingredients contained in Chloramphenicol eye ointment is:
Chloramphenicol ointment 1%
Chloramphenicol eye ointment also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin as excipients
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Do not use Chloramphenicol eye ointment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product, you wear any type of contact lenses or you, or anyone in your family have had blood or bone marrow problems.
Take special care with Chloramphenicol eye ointment if you;
Please tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are applying any other type of eye drops or eye ointment before you start to use this medicine.
Please tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without any prescription.
If you are taking any of the following medicines then you need to tell your doctor
If you have blurred vision after using Chloramphenicol eye ointment, don’t operate machinery. Wait until this clears before driving or using machines.
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
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Chloramphenicol is used to combat bacterial infections (bacterial conjunctivitis) which are causing inflammation in the eye.
Contact lenses should not be worn while suffering an eye infection, as they can worsen symptoms. Do not wear contact lenses for 24 hours after finishing a course of Chloramphenicol.
Any remaining Chloramphenicol, whether in the form of eye drops or eye ointment, should be disposed of once the course of treatment is over. This is because the medicine is likely to have become contaminated over time.
When using more than one type of eye drop, wait at least five minutes between applying different drops. Always use gels or ointments last.
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