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Eykappo Eye Drops contain a preservative-free solution which is used to treat conjunctivitis. Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic and is the active ingredient found in Eykappo. 

If you’re suffering with symptoms of conjunctivitis, you can buy Eykappo using our online pharmacy. Simply fill in our medical questionnaire to have your symptoms reviewed by a UK prescriber.

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Eykappo Eye Drops contain a preservative-free solution which is used to treat conjunctivitis. Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic and is the active ingredient found in Eykappo. 

If you’re suffering with symptoms of conjunctivitis, you can buy Eykappo using our online pharmacy. Simply fill in our medical questionnaire to have your symptoms reviewed by a UK prescriber.

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28 August 2020
dr daniel

Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 28 August 2020
Product information

Eykappo is a sterile, preservative-free eye drop solution containing the antibiotic chloramphenicol. It is used to treat conjunctivitis and other infections of the eyes. It is manufactured by Aspire Pharma Ltd and is a prescription only medication. It should be applied to each infected eye around six times a day and treatment should not continue for longer than 14 days. 

Conjunctivitis is a condition which affects the eyes, and is caused by allergies or infection. Often, conjunctivitis will clear up on its own within a couple of weeks. It is also known as ‘red-eye’ or ‘pink-eye.’ In the majority of instances, conjunctivitis will infect both eyes and symptoms will usually cause the eyes to burn, become bloodshot, dry or grainy, produce pus that may make the eyes feel sticky, itch and tear-up. 

Conjunctivitis can be contagious. If your symptoms include sticky pus or the dry, gritty sensations accompanied with redness - then your conjunctivitis is contagious and you should exercise additional caution. You can do this by ensuring your hands are always thoroughly washed with warm, soapy water. You should also clean your pillows, face towels (and anything else that might come into contact with your face or eyes) on a hot wash cycle with laundry detergent. Allergic conjunctivitis, such as that stemming from hay-fever, is not contagious. However, it may still be irritating and a general nuisance. 

There are several other conditions which may cause your eyes to become reddened. If your eyes become red and your symptoms begin to interfere with your everyday life for more than  two weeks, we recommend in these initial instances to make an appointment with your doctor who will be able to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. 

If your baby has red eyes, and is less than 28 days old, you should seek an appointment with your doctor immediately. If you wear contact lenses and you begin to notice symptoms of conjunctivitis, there’s a chance you could be allergic to your contact lenses. Your doctor will make you aware as to whether you have a bacterial infection, or a virus. If you do have a bacterial infection, they may prescribe antibiotics. Antibiotic treatment should never be prescribed for viruses. 

Eykappo is available from our online UK pharmacy. If you think you may be suffering with conjunctivitis, simply fill out our patient questionnaire to have your symptoms reviewed by one of our GMC-doctors or GPhC-registered pharmacy prescribers. Pending approval, your order will be shipped by 24-hour delivery. 

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You should always administer eye drop treatments in accordance with how they have been prescribed. Never exceed the dose your doctor or prescriber has recommended. If you’re unsure, read the patient information leaflet. 

  1. The recommended dose is one to two drops in each eye, up to six times a day. 
  2. Continue applying for at least two days after symptoms subside. 
  3. Do not take this treatment for longer than 14 days. 
  4. Always wash your hands before applying Eykappo. 
  5. First practice squeezing out a single drop before applying directly to the eyes. 
  6. When ready, find a comfortable position that allows you to look upward. 
  7. Remove the lid. Nothing should ever touch the tip of the bottle or interfere with the solution inside. 
  8. Tilt your head backward and look up at the tip of the bottle with the appropriate eye. 
  9. With your free hand, pull your lower eyelid down.
  10. Squeeze the bottle gently and allow one singular drop to fall onto the eye. 
  11. Allow for some seconds for the drop to fall. Avoid squeezing too hard. 
  12. Remain where you are and blink a few times. This will allow the solution to spread across the whole eye. 
  13. Press the corner of your eye closest to the nose. This helps to prevent the solution from being absorbed into the bloodstream. 
  14. Repeat for second eye. >Shake bottle up and down after each use and before putting away. 
  15. If you’re having trouble applying eye drops, you look at this helpful video for some useful tips:

It is likely there will be some solution left after your course of treatment has concluded. If you overdose on Eykappo, which is extremely unlikely, you must seek immediate medical attention. Speak with your doctor or prescriber if you are unsure of any of the directions mentioned above. 

Page last reviewed:  28/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Eykappo 5mg/ml

Side effects

If you notice any symptoms that would suggest an allergic reaction - such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing or other respiratory-related problems, or difficulty swallowing - then you should seek immediate medical attention. 

Possible side effects

It’s very important to be aware of the side effects associated with this treatment. Common side effects associated with Eykappo include burning, itching, irritation of the skin, dermatitis - these usually occur near or around the area of application. Side effects should subside after some time. Talk to your doctor or nurse if side effects do not clear up. 

Taking it with other medications

You should make your prescriber aware of any other medication you take. This includes non-prescription or recreational drugs. Some drugs can cancel out the effects of others, or at the very least interfere with each other, so it’s vital your prescribing clinician is made aware. 

You should not take Eykappo if you are allergic to its active ingredient, chloramphenicol. 

Other conditions to look out for

You should not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection. Throughout your course of treatment, you should never wear contact lenses as this will prevent the solution from properly reaching the area of infection. 

If you have a history of hypersensitivity to silver, you should make your doctor aware as this product is not suitable in these instances. 

Page last reviewed:  28/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Eykappo 5mg/ml


Will I still be able to drink alcohol?

The patient information leaflet makes no reference to alcohol consumption while taking this treatment. It is not thought that alcohol will interfere with the function of this treatment. 

Will I still be able to drive? 

Yes, providing the symptoms of your infection do not interfere in any way with your ability to see. Severe symptoms, such as eyelids sticking together, may restrict your vision and you should refrain from driving in these circumstances. 

Can I take this treatment while pregnant? 

These drops should not be used when pregnant or breastfeeding unless your doctor specifically prescribes otherwise. They will do this only if they feel it is completely essential. 

How should I store it? 

Store refrigerated between two-eight degrees. Never freeze, and keep away from the main cooling element in your fridge. Store in original packaging to protect from light and do not keep it stored for longer than 28 days. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist on how best to discard medicine that can no longer be used. 

Keep this treatment away from young children. Never use after the expiry date, located on the bottle. 

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine? 

The active ingredient found in Eykappo is chloramphenicol. Do not take if you are allergic to this drug. 

Other ingredients include borax, boric acid, sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid and water. 

Is it available over the counter? 

No, Eykappo is a prescription only medication. 

How can I buy Eykappo online? 

If you think you might have conjunctivitis, you can have your symptoms reviewed by a member of our qualified medical team. Simply fill out our short questionnaire, and they will suggest treatment options where appropriate. Pending approval, your medicine order will be shipped to you using a secure courier. 

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