What this product is and what it is used for
Phenicol is used in both adults and children to treat acute bacterial conjunctivitis, which is
an infection of the outer surface of the eye that causes redness, discomfort and discharge from the
Your doctor can provide further advice about these symptoms. The active ingredient of Phenicol is
chloramphenicol, which is an antibiotic.
2. What you need to know before you use this product
Do not use Phenicol Eye Ointment if:
• You are sensitive/allergic to chloramphenicol or to any of the other ingredients in this product.
• You wear any type of contact lenses.
• You, or anyone in your family, have had blood or bone marrow problems.
Take special care with Phenicol if:
• you have visual disturbances
• you have severe pain in the eye
• you are sensitive to light
• your eye is inflamed and you have a rash on the scalp or face
• your eye looks cloudy
• the black or coloured part of the eye looks unusual
• you have a foreign body in the eye
• you have an eye infection that keeps coming back
• you have glaucoma (raised pressure in eye)
• you have dry eyes
• you have eye injury or eye surgery
• you are currently using any other eye drops or eye ointment.
• you are pregnant or intending to become pregnant.
• you are breast-feeding
• you are taking other medicines
• you have problems with your blood (in particular very low numbers of blood cells) after taking of
Other medicines and Phenicol Eye Ointment
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are applying any other type of eye drops or eye ointment
before you start to use this medicine. Your medicine may affect their action and could alter their effect.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without any prescription.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
• Medicines for cancer such as methotrexate
• Medicines for the immune system such as azathioprine
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or operate machines if you have blurred vision after using Phenicol. You should wait until
this clears before driving or using machines.
3. How to use this product.
Always use Phenicol exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose for adults, children and infants of all age groups is as follows:
A small amount of ointment to be applied into the affected eye (every three hours or more frequently if
required), as directed by your doctor.
Phenicol may not work against certain types of infections. If your symptoms are not getting better you
should tell your doctor immediately.
You should continue to use Phenicol for 48 hrs after the eye appears normal.
Use in children:
Dosage adjustment may be necessary in newborn infants to reduce the risk of adverse effects. The
maximum duration of treatment is 10-14 days.
If you use Phenicol for a long time, your doctor may want to take blood samples to make sure the
Phenicol has not affected your blood in any way.
Do not use if the seal is broken before first opening.
Always wash your hands before applying the eye ointment.
Instructions for use:
1. Remove the cap.
2. Take special care that the nozzle of the tube does not touch your eye, the skin around your eye or
3. Use a mirror to help you seeing what you are doing.
4. Place the nozzle of the tube close to your eye and gently pull the lower eyelid downwards and look
5. Squeeze the tube gently and apply about 1 cm of ointment to the space between the lower eyelid
and the eye.
6. Close your eye for a moment.
7. Where both eyes are to be treated repeat steps from 3 to 6.
8. Replace the cap securely after use.
If you use more Phenicol than you should
If you accidentally use too much Phenicol or swallow your ointment, contact your doctor or go to the
nearest hospital casualty department immediately. Always take the remaining ointment in the tube with
the label, to enable the doctor or the hospital to identify the medicine.
If you forget to use Phenicol
If you forget to take a dose, apply it as soon as possible, but if it is almost time for the next dose then
miss the skipped dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Phenicol can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most of these
side effects affect only the eye and may not last very long. If you have any severe or persistent side
effect you should stop using the ointment and contact your doctor immediately.
If you notice any of the following side effects, you must stop using the ointment and contact your doctor
or the nearest hospital emergency department immediately:
Very severe side effects:
• swelling of your face and neck
• difficulty in breathing
• a drop in blood pressure and unconsciousness
• high temperature
• rashes that may be red and raised and may blister.
Less severe side effects:
• allergic reactions that affect only the eyes and can cause redness and itching, with swelling of the
When Phenicol is given by mouth or by injection, it may cause drops of the numbers of all types of
blood cells leading to anemia, infections and easy bruising and bleeding. Very occasionally, these
effects cannot be reversed and have been fatal.
Although only very small amounts of phenicol are absorbed from the eye ointment into your
bloodstream, there have been reports of these severe effects even with eye ointment..
Tell your doctor immediately if you:
• notice that you are feeling generally weak and tired, or
• get another infection or
• notice easy bleeding or bruising during or shortly after using the ointment
Other local side effects:
• burning or stinging in and around the eye. If you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. You can refer to the adresses below to report any side effects
5. How to store this product
- Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
- Do not store above 30°C. Protect from light.
- Do not use this medicine for longer than 28 days after first opening the tube.
- Do not use Phenicol after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and on the carton the tube is
- Medicine should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.