Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment

Medication features:

  • Treatment for eye infection
  • Prescription-only medication
  • Kills infection causing bacteria


Available size:

4 g Tube


Price £10.99

Includes free private prescriptions

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Wednesday, 13 December 2023

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What is Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment

Chloramphenicol eye ointment is used for a treatment of eye infections, specifically bacetrial conjuctivitis.

How Effective Is the Chloramphenicol eye ointment?

Chloramphenicol eye ointment is a very good choice for treatment for an eye infection. These infections can vary from Bacterial conjunctivitis, Keratitis, Blepharitis, Sty, Cellulitis, and Endophthalmitis, among others.

Can I buy the Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment online? 

The Chloramphenicol eye ointment can be purchased online without a need for a prescription. 

What dose should I choose?

Chloramphenicol eye ointment comes in 4g tubes. One tube is usually enough to treat a mild case of a bacterial infection. If your condition is not improving after 2-3 days of using Chloramphenicol, please consult a doctor as soon as you can.

How should I take Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment? 

To use the Chloramphenicol eye ointment, you should wash your hands first. The best to avoid any type of contamination is that you should not touch the tube tip or even let it touch your eyeball. You will have to tilt your head back, look up, and very gently pull down your lower eyelid; doing so, you will make a pocket with your lower eyelid. After this, you will place a 1-centimetre strip of the ointment into the little pocket. Now that you've done this, gently close your eye and begin to roll your eyeball to spread around the Chloramphenicol ointment. Do not rub your eye and try not yo blink, as doing this will might negatively affect the process of the medication.

If you wear contact lenses, do not wear them under any circumstance while applying the medication, and when you do put them back on, thoroughly sterilise them, as not doing so may lead to further infection. If this does happen, you should consult your doctor.

You should apply this medication every 3-4 hours every day; as soon as your symptoms improve, you should reduce your usage until the symptoms disappear. If you are using any other eye medication, you should wait at least 10 minutes before applying said medication. Use this medication regularly if you want the best results; if you wish to help to remember, use it at the same times each day and don't stop taking the medication until the symptoms are entirely gone, as stopping may allow the infection to return.

How does Chloramphenicol eye ointment work?

The Chloramphenicol eye ointment works its wonders against eye infections with its prime ingredient, that being chloramphenicol. This excellent ingredient is a beneficial antibiotic that works by helping to kill the bacteria which are causing the infection. Because the medication is an ointment, it can be placed directly onto your eyeball, albeit very carefully. This allows the eye and the medication to synergies, and over some time of being consistent and responsible with the ointment, your infection should be gone before you know it.

How long do I take Chloramphenocil eye ointment?

This entirely depends on how one's body is responding to the medication, whether the drug is taken responsibly, the severity of the infection, whether the eye infection is entirely bacterial or not, as multiple eye infections have nothing to do with bacteria.

What are the side effects of Chloramphenicol eye ointment? 

Like every medicine, Chloramphenicol eye ointment can cause side effects. However, not everybody will see them or experience them, such as slight eye irritation or blurry vision when you have just applied the ointment. Since this is an antibiotic, the results are not guaranteed, and thusly, bacteria or fungi that are not killed during the application period might take over the initial infection. If this happens, you should consult a doctor.

The rare side effects are breathing problems, fever, swelling your face, lips or tongue and rash with swelling of the skin; if any of these side effects do happen, it is advisable to consult your doctor.

The rarest known side effects include bruising, bleeding, even more infections, and weakness. If these side effects occur, immediately consult your doctor and stop taking the medication, as these are dangerous.

When shouldn’t I take Chloramphenicol eye ointment?

You shouldn't take Chloramphenicol eye ointment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. If you are planning to give this medication to a child under the age of 2, it is advised not to, and you should only consider it if your doctor has specifically prescribed the remedy for the child. You should not take this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it can negatively affect you and the child.

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

A primary difference between chloramphenicol and another brand like Lomefloxacin is that Lomefloxacin eye ointment only has to be applied twice, whereas Chloramphenicol eye ointment has to be used 5 times a day.

A second difference between the chloramphenicol ointment and another brand like ciprofloxacin is that ciprofloxacin can cause a white crystalline precipitate, whereas the chloramphenicol ointment did not cause these consequences.

Warnings & Precautions to Consider when Using Chloramphenicol

When requesting Chloramphenicol, make sure to inform your doctor about all medicines, including herbal supplements, that you are currently taking, especially:

  • Any eye ointments or drops, or
  • Medication affecting the bone marrow

Avoid the use of Chloramphenicol if:

  • You are allergic to any of the listed ingredients, or
  • You or your family have had any medical conditions related to the blood or bone marrow

Consult your doctor before use if you:

  • Have light sensitivity
  • Have eye pain or are experiencing vision loss
  • Have an eye injury
  • Have glaucoma
  • Have cloudy vision
  • Wear contact lenses

How long after using Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment does it take to notice an improvement in eye infections?

For most eye infections, you should be able to notice significant improvements within two days of using Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment.

What is the difference between Optrex, Chloromycetin and Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment?

While they are effectively used for the same purpose, the main difference is price and branding. Both, Optrex and Chloromycetin are the branded version of Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment meaning they are more expensive.

Who shouldn’t use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment?

You should not use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment if you have a rare illness called aplastic anaemia where your bone marrow is unable to produce blood cells.

What if I forget to take a dose of Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment?

If you forget to use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment you should use it as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for your next dose. If it is almost time for your next dose you should skip the missed dose and continue as normal. You should never take 2 doses at once even if it is to make up for a missed dose.

How should I store Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment?

You should store Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment in a cool dry place, out of reach from children and at room temperature. This product should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.

Like all medicines, after using Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment you are likely to experience a number of side effects. It is important to note that not everyone experiences the same side effects, and side effects should improve within a few uses. Possible side effects may include the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Watery eyes
  • Tingling like sensation

If any of these side effects orsen, you should stop using Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment immediately and seek medical advice from a professional as soon as possible.

Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be  found here.

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Last reviewed 11 April 2023

Superintendent Pharmacist GPhC No.2220953

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