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Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops

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Overview

Introduction of Polymyxin B

Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops is a prescription medicine having a combination of medicines that is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye or ear. It kills the bacteria and further stops its growth.

Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops is given under the supervision of a healthcare professional. The dose depends on what type of infection you have, where it is in the body and how serious it is. You should have your injections at the same time each day to get the most benefit and you should keep on taking this medicine for as long as you are prescribed it, even if your symptoms quickly improve. If you stop taking it too early the infection may return or worsen.

Some people may develop side effects like kidney damage, neurotoxicity, or local redness and swelling at the site of injection. These side effects are usually temporary and go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if these side effects bother you or will not go away.

Before starting treatment with this medicine, you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to any antibiotic or have any liver or kidney problems. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using it. Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor kidney function.

Introduction of Chloramphenicol

Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops is a prescription medicine having a combination of medicines that is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye or ear. It kills the bacteria and further stops its growth.

Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops may be effective even when bacteria have developed resistance to other antibiotics. You should take it regularly at evenly spaced intervals as per the schedule prescribed by your doctor. Taking it at the same time every day will help you to remember to take it. The dose will depend on what you are being treated for, but you should always complete a full course of this antibiotic as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking it until you have finished, even when you feel better. If you stop taking it early, some bacteria may survive and the infection may come back.

Some people may develop side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, taste change. These side effects are usually temporary and go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if these side effects bother you or do not go away.

Before starting treatment with this medicine, you should tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems or if you are allergic to any antibiotic. While using it, your doctor may advise some blood tests to monitor your blood cell counts. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using it. Avoid consuming alcohol while taking this medicine as it may cause unpleasant side effects like nausea, vomiting, sweating, anxiety, and palpitations.

Uses of Polymyxin B

  • Severe bacterial infections

Uses of Chloramphenicol

  • Bacterial infections

Side effects of Polymyxin B

Common
  • Burning sensation
  • Eye irritation

Side effects of Chloramphenicol

Common
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Taste change

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Eye irritation
    Try placing a warm or cold pack over your closed eyes. Putting a chilled black tea bag over your eyes may also help. Remove eye and face make-up before going to bed and wash your face and eyes regularly. Rinse your eyelids gently and pat dry with a clean, dry towel. Do not rub your eyes. Raise your head at night to reduce fluid retention. If your condition does not improve, talk to your doctor. There may be medicines available depending on the cause of the inflammation.

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Diarrhea
    Keep up your intake of fluids and electrolytes (sugars and salts) to avoid getting dehydrated. Eat less fiber (avoid raw fruits, fruit juice and vegetables). Talk to your doctor about possible medication to manage diarrhea. Ask about reducing the dosage of your drug or other suitable treatments.
  • Coping with Taste change
    Keep your mouth clean. Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with saltwater or mouthwash after each snack or meal. Use plastic or glass utensils if the food tastes like metal. Avoid very hot or very cold foods. Chewing mints or gums may also help in improving the taste. Increase your fluid intake and choose foods that have strong flavors. Try adding garlic, lemon juice, herbs, spices and pickles or chutneys. Avoid cigarette smoking.

How Polymyxin B works

Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by destroying the bacterial cell membrane.

How Chloramphenicol works

Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops is an antibiotic which stops the growth of bacteria. It does so by preventing synthesis of essential proteins required by bacteria to carry out vital functions. This does not directly kill the bacteria, but prevents them from increasing in numbers, and eventually clears up the infection.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Ocupol Eye/Ear Drops may cause blurring of your vision for a short time just after its use. Do not drive until your vision is clear.
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

Polymyxin B

  • Polymyxin B treats serious bacterial infections that have not responded to treatment with other antibiotics. 
  • It is given by injection or drip (infusion) into a vein usually over 30-60 minutes. 
  • Finish the prescribed course, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat. 
  • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect. Inform your doctor if ti doesn’t stop or if you find blood in your stools.
  • Your doctor may get regular blood tests done to monitor the level of the medicine in your blood. 

Chloramphenicol

  • Your doctor has prescribed Chloramphenicol to cure your infection and improve your symptoms.
  • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection to come back and harder to treat.
  • This can be taken either with or without food.
  • Your doctor may get blood tests done to check your blood cells before starting treatment and regularly thereafter.
  • Do not use Chloramphenicol if you are pregnant, planning to conceive, or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease.

Patient Concerns

Patient Concerns

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I am having eye redness. Opthalmologist recommended ocupol d but instead only ocupol dx was available. Can I use it?
Dr. Richa Jain
Ophthalmology
But not for a very long time
How to apply ocupol DX cream in eye
Dr. Richa Jain
Ophthalmology
U are using for what reason
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FAQs

Polymyxin B

Q. What if I do not get better after using Polymyxin B?

Inform your doctor if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine. If you do not feel better after finishing the full course of treatment, consult your doctor.

Q. Can I stop taking Polymyxin B when I feel better?

Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured. But, do not stop taking Polymyxin B and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
Chloramphenicol

Q. How long does Chloramphenicol takes to work?

Usually, Chloramphenicol starts working soon after taking it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and make you feel better.

Q. What if I don't get better after using Chloramphenicol?

Inform your doctor if you don't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

Q. Can I stop taking Chloramphenicol when my symptoms are relieved?

No, do not stop taking Chloramphenicol and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.
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