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Alocril

Generic Name: nedocromil ophthalmic (ne DOK roe mil off THAL mik)
Brand Name: Alocril

What is Alocril (nedocromil ophthalmic)?

Nedocromil is an anti-allergic medication. It inhibits processes in the body that cause allergic symptoms after exposure to an allergen.

Nedocromil ophthalmic is used to treat ocular (eye) symptoms of allergic conditions, such as inflammation, itching, watering, and burning.

Nedocromil ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Alocril (nedocromil ophthalmic)?

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

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Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with nedocromil ophthalmic, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Who should not use Alocril (nedocromil ophthalmic)?

Do not use nedocromil ophthalmic if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in your eye unless you are also receiving proper anti-infective treatment.

Nedocromil ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use nedocromil ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether nedocromil passes into breast milk. Do not use nedocromil ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Nedocromil ophthalmic is not approved for use by children younger than 3 years of age.

How should I use Alocril (nedocromil ophthalmic)?

Use nedocromil eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before using your eye drops.

Remove the safety seal and cap from the bottle. Sit or stand comfortably with your head tilted back. Pull down on your lower eyelid and look up and away from the dropper. Position the dropper tip as close as possible to your lower eyelid and gently squeeze out the prescribed number of drops. Blink a few times to make sure your eye is covered with the solution. Close your eye and remove any excess solution with a clean tissue. Repeat this process in your other eye if directed to do so by your doctor. Replace the cap after use.

Avoid placing the eye drops directly on the pupil of your eye, this area is especially sensitive. Administration of the eye drops may be more comfortable if they are placed just inside the lower eyelid as directed above.

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with nedocromil ophthalmic, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it.

Store nedocromil ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the drops have been ingested (taken by mouth), drink plenty of fluid and call an emergency center for advice.

What should I avoid while using Alocril (nedocromil ophthalmic)?

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with nedocromil ophthalmic, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with nedocromil ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor.

Alocril (nedocromil ophthalmic) side effects

Serious side effects are not expected with this medication.

Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use nedocromil ophthalmic and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, or redness;

  • eye sensitivity to light;

  • headache;

  • unpleasant taste; or

  • nasal congestion.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What other drugs will affect Alocril (nedocromil ophthalmic)?

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with nedocromil ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with nedocromil ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before using any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about nedocromil ophthalmic written for health professionals that you may read.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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