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Chloramphenicol

Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic that is used for treating bacterial infections only when other medications have proven to be ineffective against the infection. It is rarely used as an oral medication due to severe side effects.
Batch Expiry Date: September 2017

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How it works

Chloramphenicol stops the bacterial protein synthesis which stops the bacteria from forming

Guidelines for usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.

Chloramphenicol may be used with or without food.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How & where do I store Chloramphenicol?

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.

Overdose Related Information

If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.

Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
• You have liver or kidney damage
• You have a condition called bone marrow depression
• You are allergic to Chloramphenicol
• You are taking other medication.

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using Chloramphenicol if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like

• You have previously had serious side effects from Chloramphenicol
• You have a low white or red blood cell count or decreased blood platelets
• You have a minor infection such as a cold, flu, throat infection
• You are using Chloramphenicol to prevent a bacterial infection
• You are taking other medicines that may decrease your bone marrow (e.g., cancer chemotherapy)

Possible Drug & Food Interactions

Certain prescription drugs or health supplements or even food items are known to interact with the effects of medications.

Chloramphenicol is known to have possible interactions with the following medications.

Additional Information

Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic that is effective only in the treatment of bacterial infections. It will not be effective against viral infections like cough and cold. Antibiotic treatment must be monitored closely by doctors because prolonged treatment increases the resistance of the bacteria against Chloramphenicol. A future bacterial infection becomes severe and difficult to treat.

Sugar levels must be monitored constantly and in case of low blood sugar, use (table sugar, honey, candy, orange juice, or non–diet soda to quicky elevate sugar levels to normal. Some of the symptoms of low blood sugar are rapid heartbeats, vision changes, headaches, chills, or tremors, hunger.

Low Blood sugar can be prevented easily by having your meals on time and not skipping them.

Chlorampehnicol is known to reduce the number of blood clotting cells in your body and also weaken the immune system. So avoid situations which may lead to injury, inform your doctors while having major surgery and avoid contact with people who have infections like cold and flu.

Some patients experience a persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in their stool. Contact your doctor immediately if this happens.

If your doctor has prescribed laboratory tests like complete blood counts then ensure that you do not miss out on them.

Important Information for Pregnant Women

Chloramphenicol is categorized under FDA category C.

Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication.

Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
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