Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol Ophthalmic Ointment) Uses

This medication is used to treat bacterial eye infections. Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This medication treats only bacterial eye infections.

Chloromycetin Eye Drops and Ointment are topical antibiotic preparations for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis is a highly contagious bacterial infection involving the mucous membrane of the surface of the eye.

Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic. It’s mainly used to treat eye infections (such as conjunctivitis) and sometimes ear infections. Chloramphenicol comes as eye drops or eye ointment. These are available on prescription or you can buy chloramphenicol from online pharmacies.

What does chloramphenicol do to bacteria?

Chloramphenicol diffuses through the bacterial cell wall and reversibly binds to the bacterial 50S ribosomal subunit. The binding interferes with peptidyl transferase activity, thereby preventing amino acid transfer to the growing peptide chains and blocking peptide bond formation.

Can an eye infection spread to your ear?

Sometimes the same bacteria that causes pinkeye can also cause an ear infection. Bacterial pinkeye symptoms usually last between seven and 10 days without antibiotic treatment and two to four days with antibiotic treatment.

Can chloramphenicol harm human cells?

Because chloramphenicol can cause aplastic anemia in humans, its use in humans has greatly diminished, and it is only used for the treatment of MDR bacterial infections where few or no other antimicrobial drugs are useful.

Can I buy chloramphenicol over the counter?

Chloramphenicol is a potent broad-spectrum bacteriostatic antibiotic that can be used to treat acute bacterial conjunctivitis in adults and children aged 2 years and over. It’s available over the counter (OTC) as chloramphenicol 0.5% w/v eye drops and 1% w/v ointment.