chloramphenicol-hydrocortisone-eye-ear ointment (cont.)
USES: This medication contains an antibiotic that helps prevent or treat an infection and a steroid which reduces inflammation. It is used in the treatment of various eye (ophthalmic) or ear (otic) conditions. Do not use chloramphenicol if safer, effective medications can be used.
HOW TO USE: For best results, this medication must be used as directed, usually 2 to 3 times a day. Do not apply this more often or continue using this for longer than prescribed. Apply to the affected EYE(s) as follows: Wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the tube's tip or let it touch your eye. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Place tube directly over eye and squeeze a small amount into the pouch. Gently roll your eye for 1 to 2 minutes to spread the ointment. Do not rub the eye. Wipe away any excess medication. Wash hands after use. If you are using another kind of eye medication, wait at least five minutes before applying the other medications. Apply to the affected EAR(s) as follows: Wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the tube or let it touch your ear. Squeeze a small amount of the ointment onto the outer portion of the ear and gently spread it to the inner ear and surrounding area where the infection resides. Wash hands after use.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may temporarily blur your vision, sting or burn for a minute or two when first applied. If this continues or becomes bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: a skin rash, burning/irritation/itching/swelling/redness or pain in or around the eyes/ears, easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat or fever, unusual fatigue. If using for your eyes, notify your doctor of: vision changes. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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