Chloramphenicol is an amphenicol-class antibiotic used to treat serious bacterial infections. Due to its severe side effects, it’s used only in rare cases when other antibiotics can’t help.
Chloramphenicol mainly prescribed to treat ear and eye infections, for example, conjunctivitis. In rare cases, when other antibiotics cannot be used, Chloramphenicol is used intravenously or as capsules to treat serious bacterial infections, such as cholera, meningitis or plague.
Chloramphenicol comes to market as an eye ointment or eye drops, there are also ear drops, capsules, powder for solution and injections. The administration depends on the percentage of Chloramphenicol containing in the eye or ear drops. Chloramphenicol is sold under the brand name Chloromycetin but can also be ordered as a generic equivalent.
It’s very important to remember that Chloramphenicol must be used only in such cases when other antibiotics can’t help. Furthermore, Chloramphenicol cannot be used to treat virus infections, like flu or cold. It’s recommended to monitor blood levels of the medication and blood cell levels every two days during the treatment.