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Chloroptic Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Chloroptic (chloramphenicol) Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. The brand name of this medication is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects include eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light may occur.

The dose of Chloroptic is one or two drops 4 to 6 times a day for the first 72 hours placed in the lower conjunctival sac. Chloroptic may interact with other eye drops or eye medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. It is unknown if Chloroptic will harm a fetus. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. It is also unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Chloroptic (chloramphenicol) Ophthalmic Solution, 0.5% Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Chloroptic in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Serious side effects are not expected with this medication. Rarely, prolonged use of this medication has damaged bone marrow. Call your doctor if you experience extreme fatigue or unusual bleeding or bruising.

More commonly, some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use chloramphenicol ophthalmic and talk to your doctor about any side effects that you experience.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Chloroptic (Chloramphenicol) »

What is Prescribing information?

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Chloroptic FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Exact incidence figures are not available since no denominator of treated patients is available.

The most serious reaction following prolonged or frequent intermittent use of topical chloramphenicol is bone marrow aplasia.

The most frequently reported adverse reactions have been burning, stinging, ocular irritation, and conjunctival hyperemia. Blood dyscrasias, allergic or inflammatory reactions due to individual hypersensitivity, angioneurotic edema, urticaria, vesicular and maculopapular dermatitis have also been reported (See Warnings and Box Warning).

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Chloroptic (Chloramphenicol) »


Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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