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What is Chloramphenicol used for?

Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic used in the treatment of a variety of infections caused by bacteria. It works by killing bacteria.

What is the recommended dosage of Chloramphenicol?

The dosage of Chloramphenicol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Chloramphenicol can be taken with food or milk if stomach upset occurs.

What if you miss a dose of Chloramphenicol?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Chloramphenicol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Chloramphenicol?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Chloramphenicol, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Chloramphenicol?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Chloramphenicol.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Chloramphenicol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Chloramphenicol can interact with other antibiotics and diabetes medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Chloramphenicol?

Like other medicines, Chloramphenicol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Chloramphenicol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Chloramphenicol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Chloramphenicol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Chloramphenicol can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, and fever. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Chloramphenicol.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Chloramphenicol?

Is it possible for me to take Chloramphenicol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Chloramphenicol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Chloramphenicol?
How will Chloramphenicol work in my body?
How should Chloramphenicol be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Chloramphenicol drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Chloramphenicol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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