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Apicol Eye Ointment

What is Apicol?

Apicol Eye Ointment is a medicine that is used for the treatment of Life-Threatening Infection, Haemophilus Influenza, Typhoid Fever, Eye Infections, Bacterial Infections Of The Outer Ear and other conditions.

Apicol Eye Ointment contains Chloramphenicol as an active ingredient.

Apicol Eye Ointment works by killing or slowing the growth of sensitive bacteria.

Apicol Eye Ointment Uses

Apicol Eye Ointment is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:

  • Life-Threatening Infection
  • Haemophilus Influenza
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Eye Infections
  • Bacterial Infections Of The Outer Ear

Apicol Eye Ointment Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

Apicol Eye Ointment improves the patient's condition by performing the following functions:

Killing or slowing the growth of sensitive bacteria.

Apicol Eye Ointment - Composition and Active Ingredients

Apicol Eye Ointment is composed of the following active ingredients (salts)


Apicol Eye Ointment - Side-effects

The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Apicol Eye Ointment. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.

  • Itching
  • Inflammation Of The Skin
  • Grey Baby Syndrome In Newborns
  • Infants
  • Sensitivity Reactions May Occur With The Use Of Chloramphenicol Eye Drops Such As Transient Irritation
  • Confusion

Apicol Eye Ointment - Precautions & How to Use

Before using this drug, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Important counseling points are listed below.

  • Avoid repeated courses
  • Avoid situations in which bruising or injury may occur
  • Check blood sugar levels closely
  • Consult your doctor if you are concomitantly using anticoagulants, convulsants, sulphonylurea
  • Consult your doctor in case you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation or dietary supplement, allergies to medicines or foods, have anemia, bone marrow problems, liver disease, kidney problem
  • Do not wear contact lenses during the treatment for eye infection

Apicol Eye Ointment - Drug Interactions

If you take other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Apicol Eye Ointment may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Apicol Eye Ointment may interact with the following drugs and products:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Ampicillin
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Azlocillin
  • Bacampicillin
  • Benzathine Penicillin

Apicol Eye Ointment - Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Apicol Eye Ointment is a contraindication. In addition, Apicol Eye Ointment should not be taken if you have the following conditions:

  • Bone marrow hypoplasia
  • Concomitant use of penicillins
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Lactation
  • Large doses in neonates
  • Pregnancy

Other important Information on Apicol Eye Ointment

Missing a dose

In case you miss a dose, take it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not take extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.

Overdosage of Apicol Eye Ointment

Do not take more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Apicol Eye Ointment, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.

Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to overdosage.

Storage of Apicol Eye Ointment

Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Apicol Eye Ointment.

Expired Apicol Eye Ointment

Taking a single dose of expired Apicol Eye Ointment is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to take expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.

Apicol Eye Ointment - Frequently asked Questions

Is Apicol Eye Ointment safe to consume or apply when pregnant?


Is Apicol Eye Ointment safe while breastfeeding?


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

If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Apicol Eye Ointment medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects.

Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?

Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.

Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?

Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

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