CHLORAFAST contains chloramphenicol, an antibiotic, used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis and other superficial eye infections. It works by stopping the growth of the bacteria causing your infection.
Before opening the bottle for the first time, tighten the cap on the nozzle. The spike in the cap will pierce the tip of the bottle. The eye drops can then be dispensed from the bottle with gentle pressure. Replace the cap after every use. How much to use The dose of CHLORAFAST may be different for each person and their medical condition. Your doctor and pharmacist will recommend the right dose for you. The recommended dose is 1 or 2 drops into the affected eye(s) every two to six hours for two to three days. The interval between applications may then be increased. To minimise systemic absorption or absorption of medicine to other parts of the body,
apply gentle pressure to the tear duct for approximately one minute immediately after application.Treatment should however be continued for at least 48 hours after the eye appears normal.
CHLORAFAST contains 0.5%w/v (5mg/mL) chloramphenicol as the active ingredient. It also contains phenyl mercuric nitrate 0.02% w/v as a preservative, borax, boric acid and Water for Injection
Do not use CHLORAFAST if you are allergic to:
• chloramphenicol or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
• any other similar medicines
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not use CHLORAFAST if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Do not use CHLORAFAST after the expiry date printed on the pack. If you use it after the expiry date has passed, it may have no effect at all, or worse, there may be an entirely unexpected effect.
Do not purchase or use CHLORAFAST if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not give CHLORAFAST to babies or children unless your doctor tells you.
Before you use it
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
1. you are allergic to any other medicines or any foods, dyes or preservatives.
2. you have or have had anaemia, bleeding or other blood problems
3. you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant CHLORAFAST like all other medications should not be used during pregnancy, unless your doctor tells you.
4. you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
CHLORAFAST should not be used when breastfeeding as it passes into breast milk in small amounts.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you use CHLORAFAST.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health
• Some medicines may interfere with CHLORAFAST. These include other eye drops and eye ointments.
These medicines may be affected by CHLORAFAST or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to use different medicines. Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while using CHLORAFAST.