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Benzocaine(1% w/v),Chloramphenicol(5% w/v)

food interaction for CHLOROMYCETIN (PFIZER)

alcohol interaction for CHLOROMYCETIN (PFIZER)

pregnancy interaction for CHLOROMYCETIN (PFIZER)

lactation interaction for CHLOROMYCETIN (PFIZER)

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Chloromycetin ear drop may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Chloromycetin ear drop is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Benzocaine(1% w/v)


Benzocaine is used to treat itching and irritation from conditions like insect bites, nettle stings, cuts and scrapes, skin chafe and external vaginal and anal itching. It is also used for treating pain and itching due to certain ear infections.

How it works

Benzocaine is an ester type local anesthetic which works by anesthetizing the sensory nerves under skin surface, thereby reducing the inflammatory sensation and reducing an urge to itch.

Common side effects

Allergy, Flushing, Allergic skin rash
Chloramphenicol(5% w/v)


Chloramphenicol is used to treat severe life-threatening infections, particularly those caused by Haemophilus influenzae and typhoid fever. It is also used to treat certain eye infections. It is also used in the treatment of a wide range of bacterial infections of the outer ear.

How it works

Chloramphenicol is a potent broad spectrum antibiotic which has activity against many types of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. It works by killing or slowing the growth of sensitive bacteria. 

Common side effects

Nausea, Allergic reaction, Joint pain, Infection, Burning sensation, Diarrhoea, Fever, Hypersensitivity reaction, Grey baby syndrome, Irritation, Itching, Skin inflammation, Rash, Stinging sensation, Tongue inflammation, Vomiting, Skin swelling, Eye swelling


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Expert advice for CHLOROMYCETIN (PFIZER)

  • Do not use benzocaine if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to benzocaine or any other ingredients in formulation.
  • Avoid using benzocaine on broken skin or on large area of body.
  • Do not use benzocaine if you have high levels of blood pigments; if you are taking cholinesterases or sulphonamides.
  • Do not use benzocaine if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast feeding.

Frequently asked questions for CHLOROMYCETIN (PFIZER)


 Q. Does benzocaine heal cold sores/numb mouth/kill sperm/make person sleepy?
Benzocaine can soothe cold sores and numb mouth. It doesn’t however kill sperms or make a person sleepy.
Q. Is benzocaine safe?
Benzocaine is safe when used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is benzocaine stronger than lidocaine?
Benzocaine and lidocaine both belong to the same class of medicines having similar therapeutic action. Individual responses to these medicines might vary.
Q. Does benzocaine get you high?
Benzocaine has abuse potential. It should never be used for recreational activities.
Q. Does benzocaine delay ejaculation?
Benzocaine is used in condoms to prolong the duration of sex and hence ejaculation. It must be used as advised by the doctor.


Q. Is chloramphenicol bacteriostatic or bactericidal/ an antibiotic/does it contains penicillin/ does it contain steroids/ treat styes?
Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic and exerts both bactericidal and bacteriostatic against wide variety of gram positive and gram negative bacteria including E.coli. No, it does not contain penicillin or steroids.
Q. Is chloramphenicol safe/ do chloramphenicol cause aplastic anemia/ safe for babies?
Chloramphenicol is safe at recommended dose and duration; however, in some cases it has led to rare side effects such as aplastic anemia. Chloramphenicol should not be used in children under 2 years of age and used be with extreme caution in children above 2 years of age especially who have diarrhea or a stomach or bowel infection.
Q. Does chloramphenicol sting/ does chloramphenicol cause dry eyes?
Chloramphenicol eye drops/ ointment may cause transient burning or stinging sensation. It does not cause but should be used with extreme precaution in patients with dry eye syndrome.
Q. Can i take paracetamol with chloramphenicol?
Chloramphenicol is not known to have any drug interactions with paracetamol, however, it should be taken together as per doctor’s advice.
Q. Is chloromycetin a penicillin/ an antibiotic/ with the formula/ chloromycetin is a drug for which disease?
Chloramphenicol is a brand name for chloramphenicol. It is not penicillin. It is an antibiotic with the formula C11H12Cl2N2O5. It used in the treatment of serious infections in different parts of the body caused by bacteria by killing or preventing their growth.
Q. Is chloromycetin over the counter/ is obtained from?
No, it is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Q. Is chloramphenicol and tetracycline similar?
Chloramphenicol and tetracycline belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response.
Q. Is Chloromycetin the same as chlorsig?
Both Chloromycetin and chlorsig contains chloramphenicol. Chlorsig is available as eye drop or ointment and Chloromycetin is an oral formulation.

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Content on this page was last updated on 09 July, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)