What is this medication for?
Nedocromil belongs to a family of medicines called mast cell stabilizers. When we encounter something that we are allergic to, mast cells release chemicals that cause the allergic symptoms that we experience. By preventing the release of these chemicals from the mast cells, nedocromil can help to relieve the symptoms associated with itchy eyes caused by allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis. Relief from these symptoms is usually felt within 15 minutes of using the eye drops.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Alocril® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose for adults and children 3 years of age and older is 1 or 2 drops instilled in each eye twice a day at regular intervals. Avoid touching the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the eye.
If you wear soft contact lenses, remove them before using the eye drops, and wait at least 15 minutes before putting your contact lenses back in. Hard contact lenses must also be removed before the drops are put into the eye, but they may be put back into the eye right after the drops are used.
To administer the eye drops:
- Wash your hands before each use.
- Open your eyes, look up, and draw the lower lid of your eye down gently with your index finger.
- Hold the bottle upside down.
- Place the tip as close as possible to your lower eyelid without touching the tip to your eye, and gently squeeze out the prescribed number of drops. Avoid placing the solution directly on the cornea (the area just over the pupil), because it is especially sensitive.
- Blink a few times to make sure your eye is covered with the solution.
Continue to use this medication throughout the time you are exposed to the possible allergen (e.g., pollen), even if your symptoms are not present.
This medication is safe to use at the same time as other eye drops. The eye drop bottle should be used for no more than 28 days after opening. It is important to use the eye drops on a regular basis while exposure to the allergen is still present (e.g., throughout the pollen season).
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, instill it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children. Keep the bottle tightly closed.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use nedocromil eye drops if you are allergic to nedocromil or to any ingredients of the medication.