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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.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.
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.
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What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Chloroptic Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Temporary blurred vision, burning, stinging, or redness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes/problems.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Chloroptic FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Exact incidence figures are not available since no denominator of treated patients is available.
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).
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Additional Chloroptic Information
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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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