Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking chloramphenicol eye drops.
In particular, talk to your health care providers about possible allergic reactions. If you are taking other medicine, or you think you may need to use an alternative form of chloramphenicol eye drops, always remember to ask your doctor’s opinion first.
Talk to your doctor before starting any new medications as well, including vitamins and natural products. If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, call your healthcare provider. Never use this medication for a longer period of time than you have been instructed to by your doctor or in smaller/larger doses.
You may drive or operate machinery while using chloramphenicol eye drops as long as the vision is clear.
Indications and Usage
Wash your hands before you begin. Tilt your head back while pulling down your lower eyelid with a finger and put a drop of chloramphenicol in your eye. Bring the bottle tip very close to the eye and do it in front of a mirror if it helps.
Do not touch your eye, eyelid, surrounding areas, or other surfaces with the dropper, as it may infect the drops. Do not squeeze the bottle. Only a gentle press on the bottom is needed to release one drop at a time. If you use drops in both eyes, repeat the steps for your other eye.
If you forget to take a dose, do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of chloramphenicol eye drops, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take chloramphenicol eye drops if:
- You are allergic to chloramphenicol eye drops;
- You are wearing contact lenses;
- You have or have had glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, eye surgery or laser treatment in the past 6 months;
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. The usual dose for adults and children over 2 years is 1 drop every 2 hours for the first 48 hours. Afterwards, reduce to 1 drop every 4 hours.
Possible interactions include chymotrypsin (a dietary supplement) or other medicines that slow down bone marrow or blood cell production. Consult your doctor about any medications you are taking before you begin treatment with chloramphenicol eye drops.
Symptoms of overdose include irritation, pain, swollen or runny eyes. If you accidentally exceed your prescribed dosage, wash the affected eye with warm water. If symptoms persist after this, an opthalmological examination should be considered.
If you have to use chloramphenicol eye drops in a long-term therapy, it is advised to check your blood before starting. Extended use of chloramphenicol is not recommended as it may lead to increased sensitization and the emergence of resistant organisms.
Adverse reactions include disturbed vision, pain in the eye, photophobia, eye inflammation (with rash on the scalp or face), unusual looking pupils, and the sensation of a foreign body in the eye. If you experience any of the above-mentioned reactions, call your doctor.