Chloromycetin (Chloromycetin Sodium Succinate)

Chloromycetin Sodium Succinate

When a disease is caused by bacteria, wide range of drugs can be used to overcome the malady. One of them is Chloromycetin. It is quite strong medicine and doctors prescribe it only if other remedies are powerless. Unfortunately, it is able to be the reason of serious diseases that a patient may start to experience during therapy. It usually influences blood circulatory system and eyes. The remedy affects bacteria and they cannot synthesize protein.

Chloromycetin (Chloromycetin Sodium Succinate)

Chloromycetin (Chloromycetin Sodium Succinate)

Brand(s): Chloromycetin/ chloramphenicol/ Chloromycetin Sodium Succinate

Manufacturer: Pfizer Inc.

Clinico-pharmacological group: Miscellaneous antibiotics

Composition, structure and packing: A capsule that has two part of different color. The first one is blue with numbers “93 793” printed on it and the second one is white with the same numbers

Basic ingredient: Chloramphenicol.


The capsules are taken before eating some food or after it. You can eat after a one hour passes from the moment of intake or take it waiting for two hours after finishing your meal. So the stomach should be empty during the intake. The exact amount of the medicine per one intake is told by a specialist who prescribes and control the therapy.

If there is a lack of one dose because a patient forgot about it or could not use it, he/she should take it when he understands it. But intake of two doses at once or a very short period of time between them is forbidden and dangerous for the patient’s health.


Be very careful with following the time and doses scheme because the medication is serious and can worsen or cause side effects. If the amount of taken medication is too much, only a doctor will help you. Consult him/her promptly.

Side effects

Being a serious remedy Chloromycetin is the source of experiencing severe symptoms.

Babies may have uneven breathing, the stomach may become bloated and the temperature of the body might lessen. Babies’ skin might get gray color. A baby might feel drowsy and some parents notice that it is unresponsive to the environment. Although these side effects happen rarely, the intake of the drug must be stopped and a baby must be examined by a doctor.

The human organs that chloramphenicol may hurt are blood circulation system and eyes. So the following symptoms might be seen:

  • Skin: changing in color (pale). Rarer symptom is rash. Sometimes itching, redness and hives.
  • Blood: bleeding or getting bruises change its character (for example, become easier and frequenter), stools may contain or turn into tarry one. The reason why it happens is that the medication makes the cell forming clots be in a smaller amount.
  • Eyes: A patient might experience pain in eyes, notice that his vision has got blurred or rarely lose it.
  • ENT organs and respiratory system: sore throat, breathing seems to be difficult, chest tightness, chills.
  • Such states as delirium or confusion might be shown up. Headache, fever, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea can occur.
  • Allergic reaction also includes body parts swelling. Dark urine is one more side effect.

In some situation patient cannot feel hands or feet or feel pain (burning) there and sometimes tingling. If a patient is unusually tired or weak, it is also the influence of Chloromycetin. Moreover, it may worsen the ability of your body to resist infection. That is why patients are recommended not to be close to those who have caught a cold or have some infection.

A healthcare specialist consultation is needed if some of the symptoms are developed. He/She will advise a patient how to overcome side effects or canceled the treatment with this medication. Some of the symptoms might be lasting after finishing the therapy.

Chloromycetin may change the amount of sugar containing in blood – patients with diabetes should be careful about this.

Indications for use

Doctors try to prescribe less dangerous medicine for treating a patient. But sometimes safer drugs do not help. Only in this case this antibiotic is used.

If the infection threats life of a patient (for example, typhoid fever), this medication is prescribed. Infection of ears and eyes are cured by it and diseases, causative agent of which is Haemophilus influenza, is treated too.


allergies to the remedy, pregnancy and feeding a baby with breast milk.

If there is something wrong with your bone marrow, liver or kidneys, the usage of the medication ought to be controlled and special dose must be chosen by your doctor. The same is for people with anemia.

Caution of extreme extent should be followed if the medication is used to treat children whose age is less than 10 (especially if they have diarrhea or infection of bowel or stomach). Infants should be taken under special control because they may suffer “gray syndrome” while being treated with Chloromycetin.

Where to buy?

Our online drug store can provide you with all medications you need including Chloromycetin. We do not make the medicine available for you but do it at a low price. You may also ask the pharmacist in any chemistry’s shop and get the remedy (but at a higher price).