Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment

Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment (4g)

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Product Information

  • Age: 2

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

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.

  • Do not use Chloramphenicol eye drops or eye ointment for more than five days without consulting a doctor.
  • If symptoms do not improve within two days of using Chloramphenicol, consult a doctor.
  • If another eye infection appears during a course of Chloramphenicol, consult a doctor.
  • If symptoms worsen during a course of Chloramphenicol, seek medical advice immediately.
  • Always finish a course of Chloramphenicol unless instructed otherwise by a doctor. If the course is not completed, the chance of the infection coming back and growing resistent to antibiotics raises dramatically.
  • Avoid making contact between the eye drops dropper or the eye ointment tube tip with any surface, including eyes. This is to avoid contamination of the medicine.
  • There is no need to refrigerate Chloramphenicol eye ointment.

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;

  • Have visual disturbances
  • You have severe pain in the eye
  • You are sensitive to light
  • If you eye is inflamed and you have a rash on your face or scalp
  • Your eye looks cloudy
  • The black or coloured part of the eye looks unusual
  • You have a foreign body in the eye
  • You have an eye infection that keeps reocurring
  • The pressure in your eye is raised
  • You have dry eyes
  • You have an eye injury or eye Surgery
  • You are currently using any other eye drops or ointment
  • You are pregnant or planning a family or are breast feeding
  • You are taking other medicines
  • You have problems with your blood (in particular very low numbers of blood cells) after taking chloramphenicol.

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

  • Methotrexate and other cancer medicines
  • Medicines for the immune system such as azathioprine.

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.

UK ORDERS

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail. We always aim to dispatch all orders received before 4pm the same working day. Any orders received after 4pm or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

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We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

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Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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