Chloramphenicol ear drops
- Chloramphenicol ear drops are used to treat bacterial ear infections.
- Follow the instructions you have been given carefully.
- The most commom side-effects are mild irritation, burning or a stinging sensation.
About chloramphenicol ear drops
|Type of medicine ||Anti-infective ear preparation |
|Used for ||Treatment of bacterial ear infections |
|Available as ||Ear drops |
Chloramphenicol is a broad-spectrum antibiotic which kills the bacteria responsible for causing the ear infection. It is effective against infections caused by a wide variety of bacteria.
Before using chloramphenicol ear drops
Before using chloramphenicol ear drops make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have a perforated (burst) ear drum.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to chloramphenicol, any other medicine or preservative (for example, propylene glycol).
How to use chloramphenicol ear drops
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Follow the instructions you have been given carefully. You will be told how often to use the drops and for how long.
- Try not to miss doses. If you do miss a dose, then apply the missed dose as soon as you remember.
- If you find it more comfortable, you may warm the ear drops to body temperature by holding the container in your hand for a few minutes before use.
How to use chloramphenicol ear drops:
- Wash your hands well before use.
- Clean your ear with warm water and pat it dry.
- Remove the cap.
- Lie down or tilt your head a little so that the affected ear is facing upwards.
- Gently pull your earlobe to straighten the ear canal.
- Hold the container upside down near to the ear. Try not to touch the inside of your ear as you do this.
- Release two to three drops into your ear.
- Keep your ear facing upwards for a few minutes to allow the solution to come into contact with the affected area.
- Repeat the process in your other ear if you have been asked to use the drops in both ears.
- Replace the cap.
- Wash your hands.
Getting the most from your treatment
- These ear drops are only intended for short-term use. This means they should not be used for longer than about a week.
- If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, speak with your doctor.
Can chloramphenicol ear drops cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Possible side-effects ||What can I do if I experience this |
|Mild irritation, burning or stinging sensation ||You may experience this when you first start using these drops. If it continues or is severe, speak with your doctor |
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to these drops, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store chloramphenicol ear drops
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.