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chloramphenicol-oral (cont.)

HOW TO USE: This medication is best taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. It may be taken with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. The liquid suspension form of this medicine must be shaken well before using. Store in the refrigerator. Check the expiration date and discard any unused portion after 14 days because the drug loses potency. Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Do this by taking the medication at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night. Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow resulting in a relapse of the infection.

SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, headache, nausea, and vomiting which should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these symptoms persist or become severe, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience: fever, fatigue, sore throat, unusual bleeding or bruising, abdominal pain, bloating, vision changes or eye pain, tingling of the hands or feet. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, G6PD deficiency, porphyria, any drug allergies. Use extreme caution when giving this drug to children less than 2 years old. This drug should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk. It is not known if it is safe to breast-feed while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.



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