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ALOMIDE 0.1% W/V

Active substance(s): LODOXAMIDE TROMETAMOL

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Package Leaflet - Information for the User
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ALOMIDE

0.1 % w / v eye drops, solution

Lodoxamide
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine






Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or your pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

IN THIS LEAFLET
1. What ALOMIDE is and what it is
used for
2. Before you use ALOMIDE

4. Possible side effects
5. How to store ALOMIDE
6. Further information

3. How to use ALOMIDE

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WHAT ALOMIDE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

ALOMIDE belongs to a group of medicines
called anti-allergics.

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It is used to treat the symptoms of allergic
conjunctivitis such as red, itchy, puffy and
watery eyes.

BEFORE YOU USE ALOMIDE

Do not use ALOMIDE...

Using other medicines

• If you are allergic to lodoxamide or any of the
other ingredients listed in section 6.
• In CHILDREN below 4 years of age.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.

Take special care...
• Only use ALOMIDE in your eye( s ).
• You may experience eye discomfort, such
as burning or stinging, at the beginning of
treatment with ALOMIDE. These symptoms
should wear off, however if they persist, ask
your doctor for advice.

If you are using more than one type of
eye medicine, the medicines must be used
at least 5 minutes apart. Eye ointments should
be used last.

If any of these apply, ask your doctor for advice.

Wearing contact lenses is not advisable if
you have allergic conjunctivitis as it may make
your condition worse.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or might get pregnant, or if
you are breast-feeding a baby, talk to your
doctor before you use ALOMIDE.

Driving and using machines
You may experience blurred vision after
using ALOMIDE. Do not drive or use any
machines unless your vision is clear.

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Important information if you wear
Contact Lenses

Do not use the drops while wearing
contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes
after use before putting your lenses back in.
There is a preservative in ALOMIDE
( benzalkonium chloride ) that may cause eye
irritation and can discolour soft contact lenses.

HOW TO USE ALOMIDE

The usual dose
The usual dose is 1 or 2 drops into the
affected eye 4 times a day at regular intervals.
You should notice an improvement in your
symptoms within a few days, but longer treatment
for up to 4 weeks is sometimes required.

How to use
• Wash your hands before you start.
• Twist off the bottle cap.
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• Hold the bottle pointing down,
between your thumb and fingers.
• Tilt your head back.
• Pull down your lower eyelid with
a finger, until there is a ‘pocket’
between the eyelid and your eye.
The drop will go in here ( picture 1 ).
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• Bring the bottle tip close to the
eye. Do this in front of a mirror if it helps.
• Do not touch your eye or eyelid,
surrounding areas or other surfaces with
the dropper. It could infect the drops.

Remove the loose collar from the cap when
you open the bottle.
Always use ALOMIDE exactly as your doctor has
told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.

• Gently press on the base of the bottle to
release one drop at a time ( picture 2 ).
• Release the lower eyelid and keep closed for
2 minutes.
• Press the corner of your eye nearest to your
nose with a finger for at least 2 minutes
immediately after use. This will reduce the
amount of the medicine getting to the rest of
your body.
• Do not squeeze the bottle, only a gentle
press on the bottom is needed.
• If you use drops in both eyes, repeat the steps
for your other eye. Put the bottle cap firmly
back on immediately after use.

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HOW TO USE ALOMIDE ( continued )
• If a drop misses your eye, try again.
• If you forget to take ALOMIDE, do not
worry, just take it as soon as possible.
Do not take a double dose to make up.
• If you use more ALOMIDE than you should
it can be washed out of your eye with warm
water.

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• If you accidentally swallow ALOMIDE
consult your doctor immediately.
If you have any further questions on the use
of ALOMIDE, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, ALOMIDE can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
• You may experience some or all of the
following effects in your eye( s ) :

Rare : drowsiness, bad taste, dryness
of the nose, sneezing, stomach discomfort, rash.

Very common ( affects more than 1 user in 10 ) :
discomfort

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the national
reporting system ( see details below ). By reporting
side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

Common ( affects 1 to 10 users in 100 ) :
blurred vision, dryness, itching, increased tear
production, redness.
Uncommon ( affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000 ) :
pain, swelling, tired eyes, white deposits on the
eye surface ( cornea ), feeling of something in the
eye, discharge, irritation, eyelid scales.
Rare ( affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000 ) :
damage or scarring to eye surface ( cornea ),
inflammation, eye allergy, impaired vision, eyelid
swelling.
• You may also experience effects in other
areas of your body including :
Uncommon : dizziness, headache, nausea,
a feeling of warmth or flushing.

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United Kingdom
Yellow Card Scheme
Website : www.mhra.gov.uk / yellowcard
Ireland
HPRA Pharmacovigilance
Earlsfort Terrace
IRL - Dublin 2
Tel : +353 1 6764971
Fax : +353 1 6762517
Website : www.hpra.ie
e-mail : medsafety@hpra.ie.

HOW TO STORE ALOMIDE

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Store upright.
Keep the bottle tightly closed.
Do not use the drops after the expiry date
( marked ‘Exp’ ) on the bottle and the carton.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that
month.

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Not known ( cannot be estimated from the
available data ) : abnormal increase in heart rate.

• Stop using the bottle 4 weeks after first
opening, to prevent infections.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via waste
water or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect
the environment.
• Do not pass this medicine on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are
the same as yours.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What ALOMIDE contains
• The active substance is lodoxamide 0.1 %
w / v ( as lodoxamide trometamol ).
• The other ingredients are mannitol,
hypromellose, sodium citrate, citric acid
monohydrate, tyloxapol, disodium edetate,
benzalkonium chloride, concentrated
hydrochloric acid and / or sodium hydroxide
( to adjust pH ) and purified water.

What ALOMIDE looks like and
contents of the pack
ALOMIDE eye drops, solution is a clear,
colourless liquid supplied in a pack containing a
10 ml plastic bottle with a screw cap.
Do not use ALOMIDE if it has changed colour or
become cloudy.

Marketing authorisation holder :

Manufacturer :

Alcon Laboratories ( UK ) Ltd.
Frimley Business Park, Frimley,
Camberley, Surrey, GU16 7SR,
United Kingdom.

SA Alcon-Couvreur NV
Rijksweg 14, B-2870 Puurs, Belgium.
This leaflet was last revised in January 2015.

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10-2014

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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