Slideshows Images Quizzes


Last reviewed on RxList: 1/2/2005
Chloroptic Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 2/23/2016

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

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.

Chloroptic Consumer Information
SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.

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.

Read the entire patient information overview for Chloroptic (Chloramphenicol)

Chloroptic Professional Information


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)

Related Resources for Chloroptic

© Chloroptic Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Chloroptic Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors