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Prescribing Information for Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol):
What is Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol)?
Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) is being used to treat bacterial infections. It functions by clearing out the existence of bacteria and preventing their growth and replication in the host’s body.
Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) is important in the treatment of serious infections in various parts of the body. Many times it is used in conjunction with other antibiotics. It has to be noted that Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) should not be used to treat colds, flu and other viral infections like sore throats and the like. This drug is an antibiotic and therefore will not treat any infections which are viral in origin.
Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) should be utilized for serious bacterial infections in cases where other antibiotics are not making use. This drug may cause serious side effects, which includes blood disorders and eye problems. Blood problems may be characterized by pale skin, sore throat accompanied with fever, unusual bleeding and bruising in any part of the body, body weakness or generalized malaise. Your physician must discuss taking this medicine with you thoroughly including the accompanying risks along with taking this drug.
Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) can only be taken with a doctor’s prescription because of the risks associated with taking it.
What is important to know about Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol)?
Some medicines must not be used at the same time at all, but in other cases, there are also drugs which synergizes the effect of another drug when taken in together. In such cases, the doctor may need to change the dose and other precautions might also be discussed to you.
When taking this drug, it is important that your health care professional is aware of the drugs that you are currently taking and other treatments that you are undergoing. The following interactions have been featured in respect to their potential significance.
Using this drug with any of the following drugs is not recommended but may be necessary in some cases. If both drugs are given together, your doctor may change the dose of the other drug or the frequency of taking one or both of the drugs.
- Tetanus Toxoid
How should Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) be taken?
This part provides information on the accurate way of using the products containing Chloramphenicol. It may not just be specific to Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) so read carefully:
Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) needs to be taken with a full glass of water (8 ounces) on an empty stomach (which mean either 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals).For patients who are taking the oral liquid form of the drug:
- Use a specially marked measuring spoon or cup to measure each dose properly. Never use a regular household teaspoon as it may not hold the correct amount of liquid. You have to take Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) as prescribed by your physician. Never take this drug in amounts smaller or larger than the amount prescribed. Also take this amount for the entire period set by your doctor for maximum effects. Follow the instruction on the drug label provided to you by your doctor. To help clear up the infection fully, take this drug for the entire period of prescription even if you feel relief after some days of taking it.
What should I avoid while taking Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol)?
If the symptoms that you feel do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor as you may need a dose adjustment.
It is very important to have your doctor check you during regular visits for any problems with your blood that may be caused by this drug.
Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) may result to blood disorders. These problems can result to greater risks in acquiring infections, slow healing of wounds and bleeding gums. Thus, you have to be careful when using regular toothbrushes, dental floss, and toothpicks as it may easily damage your oral cavity.
Dental works may need to be done before taking this drug, otherwise set aside until blood tests return to normal range. Check with your medical doctor or dentist if you have any concerns about proper oral care during treatment of Chloramphenicol.
Side effects of Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol).
This medication may cause some unwanted effects, apart from the needed therapeutic effects. Although not all side effects may occur in one patient, immediate medical attention may be needed if they do occur.
Stop taking this drug and get medical attention of any of the following may present:Rare - in babies only
- Bloated stomach
- low body temperature
- gray skin color
- uneven breathing
- Pale skin
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- sore throat and fever
- unusual tiredness or weakness (the above side effects may also occur up to weeks or months after you stop taking this medicine)
- Confusion, delirium, or headache
- numbness, tingling, burning pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
- eye pain, blurred vision, or loss of vision
- skin rash, fever, or difficulty in breathing
- nausea or vomiting
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.