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Broad spectrum oral antibiotic
Prescribed to treat many common bacterial infections in dogs and cats
For use with urinary tract, skin, and respiratory tract infections


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At a Glance
Broad spectrum oral antibiotic
Prescribed to treat many common bacterial infections in dogs and cats
For use with urinary tract, skin, and respiratory tract infections

Viceton (Chloramphenicol) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. Viceton tablets are indicated for treatment of the folowing conditions in dogs caused by chloramphenicol susceptible microorganisms: Bacterial gastroenteritis associated with bacterial diarrhea, bacterial pulmonary infections, and bacterial infections of the urinary tract.

This antibiotic contains a chemical structure (nitrobenzene group) typical to a group of drugs recognized to cause depress hematopoietic activity of the bone marrow. In vitro-tissue culture studies that have been done using canine bone marrow cells have shown that very high concentrations of chloramphenicol reduces both uptake of iron by the nucleated red cells and incorporation of iron into heme. Because of the prolonged recovery time, avoid administering products containing chloramphenicol with or two hours prior to the induction of general anesthesia with pentobarbital. Dogs maintained for breeding purposes should not be treated with chloramphenicol products. Studies on experimental animals treated with chloramphenicol have shown that animals, especially females, experience significant disorders in morphology as well as in function of the gonads.

Dogs: 25 mg/lb body weight every six hours for oral administration

What is Vicetone Used for?

Vicetone contains chloramphenicol (C11H12Cl2N2O5), a chemical formula used as an antibiotic helpful in treating different types of bacterial infections. Vicetone helps treat infections caused by Rickettsia (a bacteria causing Rocky Mountain) and anaerobic bacteria.

What are the Side Effects of Chloramphenicol in Dogs?

Chloramphenicol may have adverse effects on some dog patients. Diarrhea, vomiting, and anorexia (lack of appetite) are some of the common side effects caused by using chloramphenicol. Prolonged use of this drug for recovery may affect bone marrow functioning. You must not use chloramphenicol products for treating dogs kept for breeding purposes. Especially female dogs can have significant disorders in the functioning of the gonads and morphology. Providing Chloramphenicol simultaneously with primidone, phenytoin, phenobarbital, tylosin, and cyclophosphamide is not good for a dog's health. It is also not feasible to use antibiotics like amoxicillin, erythromycin, or clindamycin along. The drug may also cause hindrance in vaccination. You should consult a veterinarian before using Chloramphenicol on your pet facing blood disorders, like anemia.

How Long Does It Take for Chloramphenicol to Work in Dogs?

The effects of Chloramphenicol start within 1-2 hours. The effectiveness of this drug lasts for about 24 hours before you provide the next dose, as prescribed by the veterinarian. Although the outcome results are short-termed, it may give prolonged benefits. However, the effects of medication are not visible outwardly, the dog's health starts improving within a day or two.

What Does Chloramphenicol Cure?

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA), has approved Chloramphenicol for use in animals like dogs, horses, and cats to treat certain infections. Most commonly, it is helpful to cure diseases caused by bacterial infections, such as Rocky Mountain. The drug also helps in treating certain infections, like abscesses, eye infections, and brain infections. Chloramphenicol is purely an antibiotic, effective to counter bacterial infection. It is not very effective against infections caused by mites, parasites, fungi, and viruses. Veterinarians use it typically to treat wound infections, skin infections, bones, and intestinal tract infections.

Can I Buy Chloramphenicol Over the Counter?

No, you must have a vet's prescription to buy Chloramphenicol. It is an antibiotic helpful in treating acute bacterial infections, like conjunctivitis and ear infections. It is available at the prescription of a veterinarian as chloramphenicol 1% w/v ointment and 0.5% w/v eye drops over the counter. You cannot get Chloramphenicol by simply walking into the pharmacy store without a prescription.

Is Chloramphenicol Good for Dogs?

Yes, it is an effective medication for curing bacterial infections. Chloramphenicol is an effective antibiotic helpful in overcoming the disorder caused by bacterial infection. Chloramphenicol is also effective on certain bacterial infections that can resist few other antibiotics. It is necessary to use Chloramphenicol for dogs under the supervision of an experienced vet. It requires extra caution for using it on pets having liver and kidney disorders. You should avoid using it on a pregnant female dog.

Is Chloramphenicol a Steroid?

The generic name of Chloramphenicol is chloramphenicol/polymyxin B and Hydrocortisone ophthalmic. Here, Polymyxin B and Chloramphenicol are antibiotics used for treating bacterial infections, while Hydrocortisone in the formula is a steroid that soothes the swelling caused by the bacterial infections.

Does Chloramphenicol Need to be Refrigerated?

You can keep it in a cupboard or any other open dry place to store it for about seven days. To save it for a longer period, keep it in a refrigerator. You must ensure that the medicine does not freeze. Make sure that you take the medicine out of the fridge at least 2 hours before using it.

What Type of Bacteria Does Chloramphenicol Cure?

Chloramphenicol cures several infections caused due to the susceptible damage of bacteria, like S. Typhi, E. coli, H. influenza, Neisseria species, Rickettsia, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus species, and lymphogranuloma-psittacosis. It also treats bacteremia and meningitis.

What Does Chloramphenicol Do to Bacteria?

Chloramphenicol stops the growth of bacteria by binding the bacterial ribosome and reducing protein synthesis. It is lipid-soluble that allows the formula to scatter around the cell membrane of bacteria.

What is the Reason Chloramphenicol Is So Effective?

Chloramphenicol can reduce protein synthesis; it is thus bacteriostatic. The drug hinders protein chain extension by binding the bacterial ribosome.

Does Chloramphenicol Expire?

The carton label states the date of expiry of the solution. The date of expiry refers to the month's last day. It is advised not to use the bottle after 28 days from the opening.

Viceton Tablets may be used in the treatment of dogs under conditions such as bacterial pulmonary infections, infections of the urinary tract, enteritis, infections associated with canine distemper, etc. This preparation will be effective only in the treatment of infections caused by susceptible microorganisms such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Brucella bronchiseptica, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Corynebacterium renale, Streptococcus spp., hemolytic Staphylococcus, Proteus spp., Salmonella spp., Pseudomonas spp, Brucella bronchiseptica, P. aeruginosa, Shigella spp. and Neisseria catarrhalis.If necessary, additional therapy should be used with the chloramphenicol therapy. By following the suggested dosage pattern most of the susceptible infectious disease organisms should respond to chloramphenicol therapy in three to five days. Diagnosis and therapy should be reassessed if the infection is not responding to the chloramphenicol therapy in three to five days. Also, consider a change of therapy.

Chloramphenicol may interact with: aminoglycosides, amoxicillin, clindamycin, cyclophosphamide, erythromycin, lincomycin, penicillins, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, rifampin, streptomycin, and tylosin. This medication may interfere with vaccinations.

People should not take this product. It is banned by the FDA for use in humans (and food animals). Wash hands after handling this medication or consider wearing gloves. Pet owners allergic to Chloramphenicol and/or other antibiotics should avoid handling this drug. Children and pregnant women should not handle Chloramphenicol. Avoid inhaling the powder if you crush tablets.

While your pet is undergoing treatment, wear gloves to clean up vomit, urine and feces and place all waste in a plastic bag in the trash.

Generally effective in three to five days. Development of resistance rare as compared to other antibiotics.

Use as directed By veterinarian.

May be given on a full or empty stomach with or without food. Crushing tablets and hiding them in your pet's food may not be effective. Hand-pilling is the most effective dosing option. After giving the medication to your pet, watch it closely to ensure the entire dose was consumed.

Store in tight, light resistant, childproof containers in a dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.

Viceton is manufactured by Bimeda

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