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Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment

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Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment (4g)

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Chloramphenicol Antibiotic Eye Ointment

Chloramphenicol eye ointment is an effective antibiotic treatment used to kill bacteria, which cause infections of the eyes, such as conjunctivitis. In just a few days Chloramphenicol can leave red, itchy, inflamed eyes feeling soothed and comfortable. 

Chloramphenicol 1% ointment can be bought online from The Independent Pharmacy without the need for a prescription and is suitable for use by both adults and children to quickly treat minor eye infections.

Product Information

  • Age: 2

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Chloramphenicol?

Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment can be used by both adults and children to treat eye infections caused by bacterial conjunctivitis. The ointment contains an antibiotic that quickly kills bacteria in the eye.

Using Chloramphenicol eye ointment every 3 hours for up to 2 weeks clears up the infection directly at the source leaving your eyes feeling healthy and nourished.

What is Chloramphenicol eye ointment used for?

Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic that when applied directly to the eye, is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis. 

Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria getting into the eye or eyes. This can result in them becoming bloodshot, feeling like they are burning or feel gritty. You may notice your eyes produce pus that sticks to lashes and that they are itchy and watery.

Conjunctivitis is a fairly common condition and in some cases can clear up without the need for any treatment. However, for some people, using Chloramphenicol can be very effective and noticeably improve the condition of their eyes within just a few days.

As chloramphenicol is an antibiotic, it is not suitable for treating eye infections that are not caused by bacteria - for example viral eye infections. 

How does Chloramphenicol work?

Chloramphenicol is the active ingredient contained within this ointment and is an antibiotic. When the ointment is applied directly to the eye it targets the bacteria that is present there.

Chloramphenicol is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it will be effective against a variety of different infections caused by different types of bacteria. Chloramphenicol stops growth of bacteria by stopping the bacteria from producing essential proteins. These proteins are necessary for the bacteria to reproduce. Using Chloramphenicol stops the bacteria from multiplying which allows the immune system to kill off all of the remaining bacteria.

How long should I use Chloramphenicol eye ointment?

You can use Chloramphenicol eye ointment for up to 14 days. You should continue to use the ointment until the eye appears normal and for 2 days afterwards to avoid the infection returning.

If you do not notice any improvement to the condition of your eye within 7 days you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice about further treatment options.

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment dosage

Chloramphenicol eye ointment can be used by children and adults over the age of 1-month-old. It should only be applied directly to the infected eye.

Always wash your hands before and after applying the eye ointment. 

Dose for adults, children and infants of all age groups is as follows: 

Apply a small amount (around 1 cm to the space between the lower eyelid and the eye) of ointment into the affected eye every 3 hours. Continue to use the ointment for 48 hours after your symptoms have cleared.

Do not use it for more than 14 days. If you do not notice your symptoms improving within the first 7 days, or they start to get worse, you should speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice. 

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 dropper that leads to re-infection of the eye.

There is no need to refrigerate Chloramphenicol eye ointment.

For full details on how to use Chloramphenicol eye ointment please read the Patient Information Leaflet

Chloramphenicol Ointment side effects

Like other medication, Chloramphenicol eye ointment may cause some people to experience side effects. These are normally mild and localised to the eye which the ointment is applied. 

Symptoms may include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling of eyelids

If you are worried about these symptoms or they do not improve once you have stopped using the ointment you should speak to a doctor for advice. 

If you experience any severe side effects or allergic reactions including difficulty breathing, high temperature or loss of consciousness you need to see a doctor immediately. 

For full details about side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet. 

Chloramphenicol Ingredients

The active ingredients in Chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment: Chloramphenicol 10 mg in a ml.

The inactive ingredients in Chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment: liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin.

Please make sure you are familiar with the details contained within the Patient Information Leaflet before using this eye ointment. 

Chloramphenicol Ointment warnings

Before using Chloramphenicol eye ointment please read the Patient Information Leaflet for full details of warnings and precautions. 

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
  • 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 recurring
  • 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 have problems with your blood (in particular very low numbers of blood cells) after taking chloramphenicol.
  • You take methotrexate and other cancer medicines
  • You take medicines for the immune system such as azathioprine.

 

Chloramphenicol & pregnancy

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.

 

Chloramphenicol and driving

Do not drive or operate machines if you have blurred vision after using Chloramphenicol eye ointment. You should wait until this clears before driving or using machines.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

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
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

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.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

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

Once a package has been shipped with DPD 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.

 

Forwarding houses

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

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

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.

Need to know more about Eye Infections?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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Published on: 15-09-2016

Last modified on: 09-12-2020


Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Andy Boysan

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Reviewed on: 09-12-2020

Next review date: 09-12-2022


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.


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