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Alocril drops

Generic Name: nedocromil (ne-doe-KROE-mil)
Brand Name: Alocril

Alocril drops is used for:

Treating itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Alocril drops is a mast cell stabilizer. It works by preventing the release of certain cells in the body that contribute to allergic reactions. This decreases the itching caused by pink eye.

Do NOT use Alocril drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Alocril drops

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Alocril drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Alocril drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Alocril drops. However, no specific interactions with Alocril drops are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Alocril drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Alocril drops:

Use Alocril drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Alocril drops is for use in the eye only. Avoid contact with other mucous membranes.
  • To use Alocril drops, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Alocril drops. Sterilize contact lenses according to manufacturer's directions and check with your doctor before using them.
  • If you miss a dose of Alocril drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Alocril drops.

Important safety information:

  • Alocril drops is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 3 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Alocril drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if Alocril drops is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while using Alocril drops, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Alocril drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning or stinging of the eye; change in taste; eye irritation; headache; stuffy nose; unpleasant taste.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); coughing; difficulty breathing; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Alocril drops:

Store Alocril drops at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from extreme temperatures and direct sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Alocril drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Alocril drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Alocril drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Alocril drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Alocril drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Alocril drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Alocril drops.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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