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Chloramphenicol

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Full review/revision Jun 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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The antibiotic Overview of Antibiotics Antibiotics are drugs used to treat bacterial infections. They are not effective against viral infections and most other infections. Antibiotics either kill bacteria or stop them from reproducing... read more chloramphenicol is used mainly to treat serious infections due to the few bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics but are still susceptible to chloramphenicol. Its use is limited because it interferes with the production of blood cells in bone marrow, greatly reducing the number of blood cells (blood cell counts), which, in some people, can be irreversible and fatal, and so this drug is used only if no safer drugs are available.

Chloramphenicol works by interfering with the bacteria's production of the proteins needed to grow and multiply.

Use of Chloramphenicol During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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