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Kemycetin 250mg Cap

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Medical Description

Kemycetin 250mg Cap is an antibiotic used for the treatment of severe bacterial infection and typhoid fever where other anti-infectives are ineffective. It contains chloramphenicol as an active ingre
dient. It stops the growth of bacteria, thus preventing the spread of infection. Kemycetin 250mg Cap should not be used in children below 18 years of age. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid. Kemycetin 250mg Cap should not be used to treat viral infection. Take the medicine at the prescribed dose for the prescribed duration to gain optimal benefits. You may experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness after taking the medicine. If these symptoms worsen, inform the doctor or visit a nearby hospital or clinic immediately. Kemycetin 250mg Cap is used for the treatment of severe bacterial infection and typhoid fever when other antimicrobials are ineffective.
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Uses of Kemycetin 250mg Cap

Kemycetin 250mg Cap is used for the treatment of severe bacterial infection and typhoid fever when other antimicrobials are ineffective.

Contraindications of Kemycetin 250mg Cap

  • If you are allergic to chloramphenicol or other component of Kemycetin 250mg Cap .
  • If you have or had a blood disorder such as porphyria.
  • If you have been vaccinated recently.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are taking medicines that result in bone marrow suppression.

Side effects of Kemycetin 250mg Cap

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
  • Dizziness, drowsiness
  • Stomach pain and/or bloating
  • Fatigue, dehydration, swelling
  • Blood in stool
  • Inflamed or swollen tongue
  • Blurred vision, hearing loss

Precautions and Warnings of Kemycetin 250mg Cap


Can I take Kemycetin 250mg Cap during pregnancy?
Kemycetin 250mg Cap crosses the placenta and may cause harm to the unborn baby or lead to a threatened pregnancy. Avoid taking Kemycetin 250mg Cap if you are pregnant. Consult the doctor if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Kemycetin 250mg Cap while breastfeeding?
Kemycetin 250mg Cap passes into the breastmilk and may cause harm to the newborn baby. It may lead to Grey baby syndrome, where the skin of the baby appears grey, weak, and also life-threatening. Consult the doctor if you are a nursing mother.


Can I drive if I have consumed Kemycetin 250mg Cap ?
Kemycetin 250mg Cap does not affect the ability to drive. However, if you experience side effect which alters driving ability, avoid driving.


Can I consume alcohol with Kemycetin 250mg Cap ?
It is usually unsafe to consume alcohol while taking Kemycetin 250mg Cap or other antibiotics. It may lead to serious consequences. Talk to the doctor if you consume it too often.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have liver or kidney disease.
  • You are on other medications.
  • You are giving it to the elderly.
  • Kemycetin 250mg Cap should not be used in children below 18 years of age.

Mode of Action of Kemycetin 250mg Cap

How Does It Work?

Chloramphenicol in Kemycetin 250mg Cap prevents the formation of proteins necessary to perform vital functions. Thus, it stops the growth of bacteria and prevents infection.

Directions for Use of Kemycetin 250mg Cap

Kemycetin 250mg Cap should be taken as directed by the doctor. Swallow it whole with a glass of water. It is best if you take it at a fixed time for optimal results and avoid consuming more than pres
cribed by the doctor.
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Interactions of Kemycetin 250mg Cap

Interactions with other medicines

  • Some medicines may affect the way Kemycetin 250mg Cap works, or the medicine itself may reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
  • Tell the doctor about the medicines, supplements, or herbals the child is currently taking or might take to avoid possible interaction.
  • Taking medicine with Kemycetin 250mg Cap may alter the effect of either medicine or cause serious consequences, hence should be used with caution.
  • Paracetamol for pain and fever, antibiotics for infections such as co-trimoxazole, penicillin or rifampicin type.
  • Blood thinners like warfarin, dicoumarin must be used with caution.
  • Antidiabetics such as gliclazide, tolbutamide, immunosuppressive medicine such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus.
  • Medicines that suppress bone marrow such as carbamazepine, penicillamine, sulphonamides, phenylbutazone, antipsychotic medicines such as clozapine, flupenthixol, fluphenazine, procainamide.
  • Medicine used to treat seizure or fits such as carbamazepine, phenytoin and phenobarbital.
  • Hormonal pills such as estrogen, medicines used to treat hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) such as carbimazole, propylthiouracil.
  • Antiretroviral medicines used to treat HIV infection such as zidovudine, hydroxocobalamin as a form of vitamin B12 used to treat B12 deficiency, a medicine used to treat cancer such as cisplatin, daun
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Storage and disposal of Kemycetin 250mg Cap

  • Store Kemycetin 250mg Cap at a temperature below 25°C at a cool dry place.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.

Dosage of Kemycetin 250mg Cap


If you experience symptoms or think you have taken too much of Kemycetin 250mg Cap , contact the doctor immediately or visit the nearest hospital.

Missed a Dose

If you missed the dose of Kemycetin 250mg Cap take it as soon as you remember. If it's time for the next dose skip the missed dose and follow the regular dosing schedule.

Content Details


Dr. Arpit Verma

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: How long does Kemycetin 250mg Cap take to work?

A: Kemycetin 250mg Cap starts showing activity soon after you take it. However, it may take some days to kill the harmful bacteria.

Q: Is Kemycetin 250mg Cap used to relieve pain?

A: No, Kemycetin 250mg Cap is not a pain killer. It only treats bacterial infections and provides relief from symptoms of infection.

Q: Can I stop taking Kemycetin 250mg Cap when I feel better?

A: No, do not stop taking Kemycetin 250mg Cap . Complete the entire course of treatment even if you start feeling better, else you may experience treatment failure and the increased risk of recurrence of the infection.

Q: Can the use of Kemycetin 250mg Cap cause diarrhoea?

A: Yes, the use of Kemycetin 250mg Cap may cause diarrhoea along with the desired effect, but not everyone gets them. It is an antibiotic that kills both good and bad bacteria, when good bacteria present in the intestine gets killed it may cause diarrhoea. If you are experiencing severe diarrhoea, talk to the doctor about it.

Q: Can Kemycetin 250mg Cap be used to treat typhoid?

A: Yes, Kemycetin 250mg Cap may be used to treat typhoid when other antibiotics are ineffective.

Q: What if my condition does not improve after taking Kemycetin 250mg Cap ?

A: Talk to the doctor if your condition does not improve, even after taking Kemycetin 250mg Cap . He might suggest other alternatives.

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Last Updated on: 04 Jun 2021 | 04:41 PM (IST)
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