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Chloromycetin (Chloramphenicol) is used to treat serious infections in different parts of the body. It is sometimes given with other antibiotics. However, Chloromycetin should not be used for colds, flu, other virus infections, sore throats or other minor infections, or to prevent infections.
Use Chloromycetin as directed by your doctor.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Chloromycetin.
- Take Chloromycetin by mouth with food.
- If you have trouble swallowing the tablet whole, it may be crushed or chewed with a little water.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Chloromycetin is an antibiotic. It works by killing or slowing the growth of sensitive bacteria.
If you miss a dose of Chloromycetin and are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Chloromycetin at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep in a tight, light-resistant container. Keep Chloromycetin out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
- diarrhea; loss of appetite; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools; hearing changes; irregular heartbeat; red, swollen, or blistered skin; severe diarrhea; severe stomach pain or cramps; yellowing of skin or eyes.
Chloromycetin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.