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Sodium cromoglycate eye drops belong to the class of medications called mast cell stabilizers. It is used to help relieve and prevent seasonal allergy eye symptoms such as itching, tearing, and redness.
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Sodium cromoglycate eye drops belong to the class of medications called mast cell stabilizers. It is used to help relieve and prevent seasonal allergy eye symptoms such as itching, tearing, and redness. Relief of symptoms usually occurs within 2 to 3 days of starting the medication.
Sodium cromoglycate works by blocking the release of histamine from certain cells in the body called mast cells. Histamine causes allergy symptoms such as itchy, red, and watery eyes.
Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht), speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not stop using Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not give Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) if their doctor has not prescribed it, or a pharmacist has not recommended it.
The recommended dose of sodium cromoglycate eye drops for adults and children over 5 years of age is 1 or 2 drops in each eye 4 times daily at regular intervals. If possible, start treatment before your usual allergy season.
To avoid contamination of the bottle tip, replace the cap after each use and do not touch the eye, finger, or other surface with the bottle tip. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after using the drops.
To instill the drops:
If you are not sure how to use the drops, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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 using the medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to use Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) exactly as suggested by your doctor or pharmacist. Keep using Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) for the full length of treatment, even if your symptoms go away. Using Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) regularly during the allergy season will help ensure your symptoms remain controlled.
If you miss a dose, instill it as soon as possible and continue on 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 Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) at room temperature, protect it from direct sunlight, and keep it out of the reach of children. Discard opened bottles after 4 weeks.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht).
Each plastic dropper bottle of a clear, colorless to pale yellow sterile solution, contains sodium cromoglycate 2% w/v. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride as a preservative and edetate disodium.
Do not use Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) if you are allergic to sodium cromoglycate or any ingredients of the medication.
There may be an interaction between sodium cromoglycate eye drops and any of the following:
If you are using any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht).
Contact lenses: Do not wear soft contact lenses while using sodium cromoglycate eye drops.
Other eye conditions: If you experience eye pain, changes in vision, sensitivity or pain in the eyes when exposed to light, sudden eye redness, excessive eye discharge that is not clear, abnormal pupils, or eye injury, your symptoms may not be caused by allergies and you should contact your doctor immediately. If your symptoms worsen or if they do not improve within 72 hours, contact your doctor immediately.
Pregnancy: Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht) should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if sodium cromoglycate passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using Opticrom (Cromoglycate-opht), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using sodium cromoglycate eye drops have not been established for children under 5 years old.
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