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Opthomycetin Information

Opthomycetin is a commercial drug that is prescribed in the form of Drops. It is typically used for the treatment of Bacterial Infections. Secondary and off-label uses of Opthomycetin have also been mentioned below.

Medical history of the patient along with age and gender determines the dosage of Opthomycetin. The condition it has been prescribed for, and the route of administration also determine the right dosage. Detailed information has been provided in the dosage section.

Besides the aforementioned side effects, there are other adverse effects of Opthomycetin as well, which are listed below. Such side effects of Opthomycetin normally do not last long and go away once the treatment is completed. Consult your doctor if these side effects become worse or stay for a longer duration.

Opthomycetin's effect during pregnancy is Severe and Severe while nursing. Warnings related to Opthomycetin's effects on the liver, heart and kidney, if any, have been listed below.

Opthomycetin can cause adverse effects in certain medical conditions. It is strongly recommended to avoid Opthomycetin in conditions like Kidney Disease, Liver Disease. Other conditions have been mentioned below in the Opthomycetin contraindications section.

Additionally, Opthomycetin may also adversely react with other medicines. A complete list of these interactions is given below.

You should also be aware that Opthomycetin is safe while driving, and is addiction.

Opthomycetin Benefits & Uses

Opthomycetin is used to treat the following -

Main Benefits

Other Benefits

Opthomycetin Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

Find the right dosage based on disease and age

Age Group Dosage

Opthomycetin Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Opthomycetin is used -


  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

Opthomycetin Related Warnings

  • Is the use of Opthomycetin safe for pregnant women?

    Pregnant women may get severe side effects after taking Opthomycetin. If you are pregnant, do not take Opthomycetin without a doctor's advice.

  • Is the use of Opthomycetin safe during breastfeeding?

    Opthomycetin may cause serious side effects in breastfeeding women, so do not take this drug without doctor's advice.

  • What is the effect of Opthomycetin on the Kidneys?

    Opthomycetin may have mild side effects on the kidneys.

  • What is the effect of Opthomycetin on the Liver?

    Opthomycetin may cause harmful effects on liver. if you feel it's having any such effect, then stop taking this drug, and restart only on your doctor's advice.

  • What is the effect of Opthomycetin on the Heart?

    Opthomycetin can have moderate side effects on the heart. If you notice any harmful effects then stop taking this drug right away. Consult your doctor before using this medicine again.


Severe Interaction of Opthomycetin with Other Drugs

Opthomycetin should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -


Opthomycetin Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Opthomycetin unless your doctor advises you to do so -

Frequently asked Questions about Opthomycetin

  • Is this Opthomycetin habit forming or addictive?

    Opthomycetin does not cause addiction.

  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

    Opthomycetin will not make you feel sleepy or drowsy. So you drive or operate machinery safely.

  • Is it safe?

    Opthomycetin is safe but it is important to consult a doctor before taking it.

    Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise
  • Is it able to treat mental disorders?

    No, the use of Opthomycetin in mental disorders is not effective.


Opthomycetin Interactions with Food and Alcohol

  • Interaction between Food and Opthomycetin

    Opthomycetin may take longer to act if you eat some foods while taking it. Follow your doctor's advice on this.

  • Interaction between Alcohol and Opthomycetin

    Due to lack of research, nothing can be said about side effects of consuming alcohol while taking Opthomycetin.


Frequently asked Questions about Opthomycetin

Question about 3 years ago

Can I take Opthomycetin with ranitidine?

Dr. Chinmaya Bal MBBS , General Physician

Yes, Opthomycetin can be taken with ranitidine. No harmful drug interaction has been reported between them. It is safe to take Opthomycetin along with ranitidine if taken as directed by a doctor. However, if you feel any discomfort after taking this drug do not hesitate to inform your doctor.

Question over 4 years ago

What is Opthomycetin?

Dr. Sameer Awadhiya MBBS , Pediatrics

Opthomycetin is a brand name of chloramphenicol and it comes in the various dosage forms such as an oral tablet, capsule, syrup, and eye drops. It is a prescription drug that belongs to the class of medications called amphenicols. It is a broad spectrum antibiotic which is active against a wide variety of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. It is mainly used in the treatment of psittacosis also known as parrot fever, rickettsial infection, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, and also sometimes in the management of typhoid fever.

Question over 4 years ago

Is Opthomycetin safe to use?

Dr. R.K Singh MBBS , Diabetology

Yes, Opthomycetin is safe to use, if taken in prescribed amount and duration as advised by the doctor. However, certain side effects have been associated with this drug such as a headache, nausea, and vomiting. If you experience any of the above conditions after taking this medicine then do not hesitate to inform your doctor and follow his/her instructions.

Question over 3 years ago

Does Opthomycetin contain penicillin?

Dr. Braj Bhushan Ojha BAMS , Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Ayurveda, Sexology, Diabetology

No, Opthomycetin does not contain penicillin. It contains chloramphenicol which belongs to the class of drugs known as amphenicols. It is a broad spectrum antibiotic which covers a wide range of bacteria which are generally found to be resistant to penicillin. It is also used for those patients who are allergic to penicillin and are suffering from the serious bacterial infection.

Question almost 3 years ago

Does Opthomycetin cause gray baby syndrome?

Dr. Chinmaya Bal MBBS , General Physician

Yes, Opthomycetin may cause gray baby syndorme in newborn infants especially in premature baby, if this drug is given in higher doses. Gray baby syndrome is a rare side effect that occurs due to accumulation of the chloramphenicol in the newborn infant. The cause of gray baby syndrome is that the newborn baby lacks the some liver enzymes which are necessary to metabolize and removes this drug from the body. The accumulation of the chloramphenicol in the body leads to toxicity which causes development of symptoms such as vomiting, gray color of the skin, blue discoloration of lips and skin. To avoid gray baby syndrome the doses of Opthomycetin must be lowered and adjusted as per the need.

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This medicine data has been created by -

Vikas Chauhan

B.Pharma, Pharmacy
5 Years of Experience


US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Chloromycetin sodium succinate (chaloramphenicol sodium succinate)

KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 739-742

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