Chloramphenicol is used to treat bacterial infections.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You may choose to take Chloramphenicol with a meal to avoid an upset stomach or without one.
Please drink a full glass of water with Chloramphenicol.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor.
Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
The dosage should not increase more than once in a day (24 hours).
Drug Class and Mechanism
Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic and works by killing bacteria.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store Chloramphenicol at room temperature 20 and 25 degrees C (read medicine label if unsure). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using Chloramphenicol if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like low white or red blood cell count , cold, flu, throat infection.
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
Doctors may prescribe certain laboratory tests like to determine how you have responded to treatment and to gauge the severity of the side effects of Chloramphenicol. Please Keep all lab appointments and do not miss any tests.
Please inform your lab technician or surgeon that you are taking Chloramphenicol before you undergo any emergency surgical procedure including dental operations.
Being an antibiotic Chloramphenicol cannot be used for treating viral infections common cold and flu. So, you must avoid contact with people who have viral infections.
Some patients using antibiotics have reported extreme stomach cramps which are followed by bloody or tarry stools. If you notice this, then contact your physician immediately.
Constant usage of Chloramphenicol has led to a re-infection which is more severe than the first. Hence, doctors will constantly monitor your condition closely while using Chloramphenicol.
If you are expecting a child or are planning to have a child in the near future, then consult your doctor before using Chloramphenicol to discuss any possible threats to the unborn baby.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using Chloramphenicol as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include mild diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; confusion; dark urine; delirium; depression; headache; fever, chills, or sore throat; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; symptoms of \"gray syndrome\" in an infant swelling of the abdomen, pale or blue skin color, vomiting, shock, difficulty breathing, refusal to suck, loose green stools, limp muscles, low temperature; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual tiredness; vision changes.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.