Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment

  • Treats bacterial eye infections
  • Visible improvements within 2 days
  • Safe for both Adults and Children

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What is Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment?

Chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment is an antibiotic medication that is used to treat the eye infection acute bacterial conjunctivitis.

It contains the active ingredient chloramphenicol, which is a broad spectrum antibiotic, meaning it can work against a range of bacterial infections. Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment should not be used for any eye infections that were not caused by bacteria.

It is safe to be used by both adults and children.

Can I buy the Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment online?

You can buy Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment online at Medicine Direct following an online consultation with one of our registered doctors, who will prescribe this medicine for you if they deem it the most appropriate for your problem.

After you have been prescribed this medication, you can then order it from our UK-based pharmacy. We offer free delivery on all UK orders, and if you place your order before 2pm, you will also benefit from our free next day delivery service.

You can only buy this medicine for children under 2 years old when you have a prescription from a doctor.

How does Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment work?

Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment contains the broad spectrum antibiotic chloramphenicol, which can work to treat a range of bacterial infections such as conjunctivitis.

It works by stopping the bacteria from producing the essential proteins it needs to reproduce. Doing this limits the bacteria's ability to grow, allowing your body's immune system to kill off the existing bacteria before they are able to reproduce.

How effective is Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment?

This medicine is a very effective treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis and other bacterial infections in the eye.

When used correctly and for the condition you were prescribed it for, you should start to notice an improvement within two days of using it.

What is the difference between Chloramphenicol Eye ointment, lomefloxacin, and ciprofloxacin?

Each of these medicines are used to treat bacterial infections.

Ciprofloxacin also comes as an eye drop or ointment, just like Chloramphenicol. This medicine is only available on prescription.

Lomefloxacin is more commonly used as a treatment for urinary tract infections and as a prevention of urinary tract infections before surgery.

Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment.

Always use Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start using this product; speak to your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if you are unsure of how to use it.

Use a mirror to help you to see what you are doing while applying the ointment.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the ointment.
  2. Remove the cap.
  3. Do not let the nozzle touch your eye, the skin around your eye or your fingers.
  4. Place the nozzle close to your eye, look up and gently pull down the lower eyelid of the affected eye.
  5. Gently squeeze the tube to apply approximately 1cm of the ointment to the space between your lower eyelid and your eye.
  6. Close your eye.
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 if you need to treat the other eye.
  8. Replace the cap securely after you have used the medicine.

How long do I take Chloramphenocil Eye Ointment?

Use this product until your eye appears normal again; keep using it for 2 days afterwards.

Do not use it for longer than one week, unless you have been specifically instructed to do so by your doctor.

Inform your doctor immediately if your symptoms get worse while using this product.

What if I forget to use it?

If you miss an application, just apply the ointment as soon as you remember.

If it is almost time for your next dose, just skip the dose you missed and continue to use the product as normal.

Never apply a double dose of medication to try and make up for missing a previous dose.

What if I use more than I should?

Speak to your doctor straight away if you use too much of this ointment, or if you or anyone else swallows it.

If you need to go to A&E, take the packaging and the remaining medicine with you.

When shouldn’t I take Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment?

Chloramphenicol should not be used if:

  • You are allergic to chloramphenicol or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • You wear contact lenses
  • You, or anyone in your family, have ever had blood or bone marrow problems

You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication if:

  • You are sensitive to light
  • You have glaucoma
  • You have any visual disturbances
  • Your eyes look cloudy
  • You have an inflamed eye alongside a rash on your face or scalp
  • You have severe pain in your eye
  • You are already using any other eye drops or ointment
  • You are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to get pregnant
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You have an eye infection that keeps coming back
  • Any parts of your eye look unusual
  • You have a foreign body in the eye
  • You have had eye surgery or an eye injury
  • You have dry eyes
  • You are taking any other forms of medication
  • You have any blood problems

For children under 2 years old, you will need a prescription from a doctor for this medicine

What is Chloramphenicol used for?


Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic medicine that is used to treat eye infections that are caused by bacteria, particularly bacterial conjunctivitis. It works by stopping the bacteria from reproducing, which allow your immune system to kill of the bacteria that remains.

Can you wear contact lenses while using Chloramphenicol?


You should not wear contact lenses when you have an eye infection, as this may cause your symptoms to get worse. Once you have finished your course of Chloramphenicol, you should avoid wearing any form of contact lens for at least 24 hours.

How long does a tube of Chloramphenicol eye ointment last?


Once your course of treatment has finished and your infection has gone, you should dispose of any ointment you have left over.

How can Chloramphenicol affect other medicines?


If you are using more than one type of eye drop, you must wait at least 5 minutes between applying different drops. Use gels or ointments last.

Side effects

Like all medicines, Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment has the risk of certain side effects. However, not everyone who uses this product will be affected by them.

These common reactions may affect more than 1 in 100 people.

Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment may cause a stinging or burning sensation in your eye. You are most likely to get this straight after using it, the feeling will only last for a short time. Do not drive or operate any machinery until you can see clearly and without discomfort.

A mild side effect may include an allergic reaction that is limited to the eyes. This can cause redness, itching and swelling of the eyelids.

Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for a list of rarer and more serious reactions you may experience while using this medicine.

Serious Side Effects

Stop using Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment and seek medical attention immediately if you get any of the following:

  • Swelling in your face or neck
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Your blood pressure drops and you become unconscious
  • A high temperature
  • Skin rashes that may be raised or blistered

Speak to your doctor as soon as possible if:

  • You generally feel unwell, wear or tired
  • You get another infection
  • You have any bleeding or bruising shortly after using the ointment

Serious allergic reaction

In rare instances, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Chloramphenicol and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Either dial 999 or go to A&E immediately if:

  • You develop a skin rash that may have red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have swelling in your face, throat, mouth, lips or tongue
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You are wheezing

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on side effects.

If you are concerned about side effects or how to cope with them, please do not hesitate to speak to your pharmacist or doctor.

Warnings and drug interactions

Ensure you tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are already taking any other medicines, including prescription and non-prescription medication, vitamins or supplements as some medicines interact with Chloramphenicol.

In particular, please ensure that your pharmacist or doctor is aware if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • Any medicines for the treatment of cancer, such as methotrexate
  • Any medicines for your immune system, such as azathioprine

Inform your doctor if you are using any other eye drops or ointment before you start using Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment.

Please read the patient information leaflet thoroughly for full details on warnings and drug interactions.

If you have any questions or concerns as to whether this medicine is suitable for you, please do not hesitate to ask your doctor.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You should not use this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without speaking to your doctor first.

Inform your doctor before using Chloramphenicol if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

We recommend BUMPS for additional information.

Ingredients

The active ingredient contained in this medicine is 1% chloramphenicol.

The inactive ingredients also contained in the ointment are: liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin as excipients.

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Written bySonia Khan MPharm: 2076091

Updated on: 07/06/2021

This content has been written by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh

Sonia Khan
MPharm: 2076091

Pharmacist

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