Uses of this medication

How to use this medication

What you need to discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication

Side effects and when to consult your health expert

Dosage and Missed Dose


General information


Brand names available: Chloraxin,  Chloromycetin Cap,  Tycol

Pronunciation      ----   klor-am-FEN-i-kole


Uses of this medication:

Chloramphenicol is used for typhoid fever. It is also used in meningococcal infections in cephalosporin allergic patients.

Chloramphenicol is also used in rickettsial infections in pregnant patients.

Chloramphenicol is used in tetracycline allergic patients and renally impaired patients.

Ophthalmic form of chloramphenicol is also used to treat certain some bactrerial infections of the eye.

How to use this medication:

It is usually given by injection by your doctor.


What you need to discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.

Always remember to inform your health expert if you are taking any prescription or OTC medication.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medical conditions, allergies.

If you are planning to become pregnant  or breast-feeding pl. make sure you notify to your health expert.


Side effects and when to consult your health expert.

Chloramphenicol cause bone marrow suppression which is dose related and rarely cause aplastic anemia which is non dose related.

Hypersensitivity reactions like skin rash and rarely angioedema or anaphylaxis.

Chloramphenicol causes gray baby syndrome.


Dosage and Missed Dose:


Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribe depending on the severity of disease.

Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.


Missed dose: If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose



Chloramphenicol should be stored at room temperature between (15-30 degrees C). Store it in a place where it won’t be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight never store in bathroom. Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.


General information

Chloramphenicol is only effective against the bacteria. It is not used to treat viral infections for ex common cold.

Chloramphenicol effects blood sugar levels. Diabetic patients needs to check the blood sugar levels and ask the doctor to to adjust the diabetic medication if required.

It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.


Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: Jun 12, 2011