Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment 4g
Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment 4g
Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment is a topical ointment for administration to the eye.
The ointment contains chloramphenicol which is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections that occur on the outer surface of the eye.
One of the key infections that this Optrex Eye Ointment treat is bacterial conjunctivitis. You'll see symptoms such as your eyes being red and/or your eyelids red or swollen too.
You might also see discharge from your eye which can be irritable, especially when you wake up.
Chloramphenicol eye ointment is not suitable for treating eye infections that have spread to the deeper layers of the eye coverings or into the fluid within the eyeball. Antibiotic tablets or injections are needed to treat these deeper and more serious infections.
- Topical ointment for administration to the eye
- Contain an antibiotic called chloramphenicol
- Used to treat acute bacterial conjunctivitis
What are common symptoms of conjunctivitis?
- redness in the white part of the eye
- red or swollen eyelids
- sticky discharge that can make it difficult to open the eye in the morning
- a feeling of grittiness or irritation of the affected eye(s)
Can Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment be used in children?
Yes, Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment can be used in children from the age of 2, but it should be used only under the supervision/guidance of a GP.
Is it safe to use Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment with contact lenses?
Consult with your optometrist or GP before using this product if you wear contact lenses. Do not wear contact lenses during treatment and If you wear soft contact lenses, wait at least 24 hours after using the eye ointment before putting them back in.
How long does it take for Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment to work?
The length of time it takes for chloramphenicol ointment to work varies depending on the individual case. Do not exceed five days of treatment without consulting your doctor.
Can I use other eye drops or ointments while using this medication?
It depends on the type of drops - consult with your GP before using any other eye drops or ointments while using chloramphenicol.
Can Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Eye Ointment be used for long-term treatment?
Chloramphenicol ointment is usually used for short-term treatment, up to 5 days. Consult with your GP if you need to use it for a longer period.
Active Ingredient: Chloramphenicol 1g/1ml.
Other Ingredients: Liquid Paraffin and White Petroleum.
Usage and Instructions
Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment is suitable for adults and children over 2 years.
How to apply Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment:
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Remove the cap. Take special care that the nozzle of the tube does not touch your eye, the skin around your eyes or your fingers.
- Use a mirror - this will help you see what you are doing.
- Place the nozzle of the tube close to your eye. Gently pull down the lower eyelid downwards and look up.
- Squeeze the tube gently and apply about 1cm of the ointment to the space between the lower eyelid and the eye.
- Close for a moment and Repeat for other eye if necessary.
- Replace the cap securely after use.
The dose is a small amount of ointment (approx. 1cm) to be applied to the affected eye(s).
If you are using the drops during the day and the ointment at night, apply the oinment at night, before going to bed.
The course of treatment is 5 days. Keep using the eye ointment for 5 days, do not stop just because you feel better - this could make your condition worse. Do not use Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment for more than 5 days without consulting a doctor. Discard any remaining ointment after the 5 day course of treatment.
If your symptoms do not improve within 48 hours, consult your doctor.
Active Ingredient: Chloramphenicol 1g/1ml. Other Ingredients: Liquid Paraffin and White Petroleum.If your symptoms get worse, seek medical advise immediately.
If you are taking bone marrow depressant medicines (medicines which decrease the activity of the bone marrow, causing low blood cell counts) such as azathioprine or receiving chemotherapy, seek the advise of your pharmacist or doctor before using Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment.
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, tell your doctor or pharmacist before using Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment.
After using Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment, you may temporarily get blurred vision. Do not drive or operate machinery until your vision is clear. If in doubt, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Do not use Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment if you:
Are allergic to chloramphenicol or any of the other ingredients.
Have ever had problems with your blood (in particular with low numbers of blood cells) during previous treatments with chloramphenicol.
Have a family history of blood problems such as low white cell, red blood cell or platelet count.
Do not use Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment and seek advice from a doctor if:
Your eyesight is affected (loss of sight, reduced vision, blurred vision or halos around light).
You have pain within the eye.
Your eye has suffered a blow or other injury.
Your eye is inflamed and you have a rash on the scalp or face.
The pupil of your eye looks unusual or your eye looks cloudy.
Your eyes are sensitive to light.
You have (or think you have) a foreign body in your eye which has not been removed.
You have recently had an eye infection.
You suffer from or have ever suffered from glaucoma or dry eye syndrome.
You wear contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses and your contact lens practitioner or doctor has advised you to use this product, do not wear your lenses during the course of treatment. Wear glasses instead. Soft contact lenses should not be replaced for 24 hours after completing treatment.
You are using any other eye drops or eye ointment.
You have had eye surgery or laser treatment in the last 6 months.
Tell your pharmacist before using Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis 1% w/w Ointment if you:
Suffer from any other eye problems.
Are taking any other medicines.
The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
Temporary burning or stinging sensations in the eyes.
Allergic reactions, for example swelling, rashes or breathing difficulties. Stop using this medicine and consult your doctor if you think you have had an allergic reaction to it.
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