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Alomide

Generic name: lodoxamide ophthalmic (loe DOX a mide off THAL mik)
Brand name: Alomide
Drug class: Ophthalmic antihistamines and decongestants

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jun 30, 2021. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Alomide?

Alomide (for the eyes) is used to treat allergy-related eye symptoms such as redness, itching, burning, watery eyes, and sensitivity to light.

Lodoxamide is for use in adults and children at least 2 years old.

Alomide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Warnings

Use only as directed. Tell your doctor if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Alomide if you are allergic to lodoxamide.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I use Alomide?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Do not use while wearing soft contact lenses. A preservative in this medicine could permanently stain the lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes before inserting your contact lenses.

Wash your hands before using eye medication.

Shake the eye drops before each use.

To apply the eye drops: Pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket and squeeze a drop into this pocket. Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes.

Use only the prescribed number of drops.

Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops.

Do not touch the dropper tip or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye and lead to serious vision problems.

You may need to use Alomide for up to 3 months during certain times of the year. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Store at cool room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medicine.

What should I avoid while using Alomide?

Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.

Alomide side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Alomide and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe burning or stinging when you apply the eye drops;

  • severe eye discomfort;

  • ongoing burning or stinging; or

  • an appearance of blood inside your eye.

Common side effects may include:

  • eye itching, watering, pain, or redness;

  • blurred vision;

  • dry or watery eyes, crusting or drainage;

  • headache; or

  • feeling like something is in your eye.

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.

What other drugs will affect Alomide?

Medicine used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Does Alomide interact with my other drugs?

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Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.