Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol)

Last updated on February 16th, 2024

Brand name: Chloromycetin

Generic  names: Chloramphenicol, Fenclor, Cademytin, Ak-chlor, Wocol, Ambofen, Alficetyn, Amphicol, Amphenicol, Anacetin, Amseclor

General Information

Chloromycetin is a popular medication that belongs to a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It decreases a wide variety of bacterial infections such as blood, brain, lung, or other serious infection. It will not work for flu, colds or viral infections.

Contact your physician if you need to learn more information about this drug.

Don’t stop treatment with Chloromycetin earlier than it was prescribed by your doctor even if you notice improvements of your condition. Stopping the medication too early may worsen your condition. Be careful about doing dangerous tasks, driving, operating machinery or climbing until you are aware how this drug affects you. Don’t drink alcohol. Always contact a medic before giving Chloromycetin to a child

What symptoms or conditions should I report to a doctor before I take this medicine?

It is important to report to a doctor if you have or had the following conditions:

  •     heart disorders (such as heart rhythm problems)
  •     liver or kidney disease
  •     anemia or other blood disorders
  •     allergy to chloramphenicol, or to similar medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  •     stomach or intestinal problems (especially colitis)
  •     dental problems
  •     porphyria
  •     pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant

How to take Chloromycetin?

Chloromycetin comes in the form of capsules and suspension (liquid) to take by mouth.

The usual dose of this medication is 50 milligrams (mg). It is usually recommended to take medicine four times daily, at regular intervals.

This drug should be accompanied by some liquid. It is better to drink several glasses of water each day while you are taking Chloromycetin to protect your kidneys. You may take it with food or on an empty stomach. In order to mitigate stomach irritation and help your body absorb the drug is possible to combine with food.

The capsules should be swallowed whole. Do not open, chew, crush or break them.

Shake the liquid well before each use to mix the drug evenly. Use a specially marked measuring spoon or medicine cup to be sure of the correct dose.

Take this medication exactly as instructed on your prescription label and fixed by your medic.


What should I do if I miss the dose?

If you miss the dose, try to take it as soon as you have the opportunity. If it is time for your next dose, take only one dose. You don’t have to double the dose.

What should you do if you overdose of Chloromycetin?

Taking any medicine in large doses you can have serious consequences for your health. If you are overdosed consult your health care provider immediately.

What drugs may interact with Chloromycetin?

  • Chlorpropamide
  • Phenytoin
  • B vitamins
  • Iron
  • Paricalcitol
  • Antibiotics
  • Rifampin
  • Doxercalciferol
  • Warfarin
  • Entacapone
  • Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
  • Phenobarbital
  • Ramelteon
  • Tolbutamide

This is not a finished list of interactions. Detail information you may receive at your medical practitioner.

Discuss with your health care professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Which side effects can I perceive from this remedy?

  •     Allergic reaction (hives; itching; skin rash or swelling; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, throat or tongue)
  •     Problems with breathing, chest pain, shortness of breath
  •     Fever, chills, sore throat
  •     Nausea, vomiting
  •     Numbness, tingling in your hands or feet (tremor), muscle stiffness, or spasms
  •     Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), dark urine, diarrhea or loose stools
  •     Headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
  •     Indigestion, or upset stomach, bloating, stomach gas, pain or cramps
  •     Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth, pale skin
  •     Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  •     Fatigue, faintness
  •     Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin
  •     Unusual bleeding or bruising
  •     Gray syndrome (low body temperature, uneven breathing, blue-gray skin color, bloated stomach)

If these persist or worsen, apprise your health care professional immediately. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. If you have other effects not specified above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How should Chloromycetin be stored?

Store at room temperature below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F), tightly closed, away from sunlight, direct heat, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep medicine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

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