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OPTREX HAYFEVER RELIEF 2%W/V EYE DROPS

Active substance(s): SODIUM CROMOGLICATE / SODIUM CROMOGLICATE / SODIUM CROMOGLICATE

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Package leaflet: information for the user

Pollenase Hayfever Relief 2% w/v Eye Drops
Sodium Cromoglicate

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or
pharmacist have told you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need any more information or advice.
• If
 you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
• You

must talk to your doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse
after 14 days.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use this medicine
3. How to use this medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store this medicine
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
This medicine contains sodium cromoglicate.
This belongs to a group of medicines called anti-allergics.
It works by stopping the release of the natural substances in your eyes that can lead
to an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include itchy, watery, red or
inflamed eyes and puffy eyelids.
These symptoms occur usually in the late spring or early summer when pollen from
grasses or trees comes into contact with the eyes of people who are sensitive to
them. This condition is sometimes called ‘hayfever eyes’ or by its medical term:
seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.

2. What you need to know before you use this medicine
Do not use this medicine
• If
 you or your child are allergic to sodium cromoglicate or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6).
Signs

of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems,
swelling of your lips, face, throat, tongue and worsening of redness, itching or
swelling of the eye or eyelid.
• If your child is under 6 years of age.
• For
 other allergic eye symptoms (not caused by hayfever). Other things in everyday
life can start allergies causing eye symptoms in certain people. For example contact
with animals including pets, house dust mites, other particles and chemicals. Talk
to your pharmacist or doctor.
Do not use this medicine if the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before using these eye drops.
Warnings and precautions
• 
You must be confident that you or your child’s irritated eyes are caused by
hayfever, or have been previously diagnosed by your doctor to suffer from
hayfever: You can be sure allergic eyes are caused by hayfever if:
• Both eyes are affected
• You also have a runny or blocked nose
• Your eyesight is not affected
• 
You know you suffer from hayfever and your symptoms coincide with the times
of year when grass or tree pollen is high.
But if you or your child have:
• No nose symptoms
• Only one eye affected
• Your sight is affected.
Or if the eye symptoms:
• Occur at the wrong time of year for hayfever
• 
Are likely to be caused by another allergy, e.g. a pet or dust mite allergy.
Then

you cannot be sure that the condition is due to hayfever and you should see
your doctor or pharmacist before you use these drops.
If you are not sure if the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before using this medicine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to
have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
This medicine may interfere with your ability to drive and use machines.
You may have blurred eyesight straight after using this medicine.
If this happens, do not drive or use any tools or machines until you can see clearly.
This medicine contains benzalkonium chloride.
This may cause your eyes to become irritated and may change the colour of your soft
contact lenses. Avoid contact with soft contact lenses. Remove all types of contact
lenses before application and wait at least 15 minutes before reinsertion.

3. How to use this medicine
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults (including the elderly) and Children over 6 years
One or two drops to be administered into each eye four-times daily.
Children under 6 years
This medicine should not be used in children under 6 years of age.
If you have any question concerning the use of these drops in a child or are unsure if
the child has allergic eyes, you should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.
If your eyes are no better after 2 days of using the eye drops, see your
doctor or pharmacist.
It is best to use your eye drops regularly every day while high pollen levels are
expected, to keep your eye condition controlled. If you find you need to use them
continuously for more than 14 days, check with your pharmacist or doctor
before continuing.
How to use this medicine
• Wash your hands.
• Before

using the medication for the first time, be sure that
the tamper-proof seal on the bottle neck is unbroken.
A gap between the bottle and the cap is normal for an
unopened bottle.
• Remove the cap from the bottle.
• Tilt your head back.
• Squeeze

one or two drops inside the lower lid without
touching your eye.
• Close your eye.
• Wipe away any excess liquid from the eyes with a clean tissue.
• Always put the cap back on the bottle as soon as you have used it.
• Repeat in the other eye if needed.
If you forget to use this medicine
If you forget a dose, use your drops as soon as you remember.
However, if it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not use a
double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you use more of this medicine than you should
Contact your doctor if you use the eye drops more frequently than the
recommended dose.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor
or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Stop using this medicine and see a doctor as soon as possible if:
• The
 itching, redness or swelling gets worse. You may be allergic to these drops.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the side effects get serious or
lasts longer than a few days, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet:
• Stinging

or burning in your eyes or blurring of eyesight. This should only last for a
short time and occurs immediately after using the eye drops.
• Mild eye irritation.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly
via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side
effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store this medicine
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle label and
carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions before
opening the bottle and after opening the bottle ‘Do not store above 25°C’. This
medicine is sterile when you buy it, so you must not keep it for more than four weeks
after opening the bottle.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These
measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information
What this medicine contains
• The
 active substance is sodium cromoglicate. Each 1ml of eye drops contains
20mg of sodium cromoglicate (2.0% w/v). One drop contains 0.7mg of
sodium cromoglicate.
• The
 other ingredients are disodium edetate, benzalkonium chloride and
water for injections.
What this medicine looks like and contents of the pack
This medicine is a clear colourless to pale yellow solution supplied in either a 5ml or
10ml plastic dropper bottle with a tamper-proof cap.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Aspire Pharma Limited
Bellamy House
Winton Road
Petersfield
Hampshire, GU32 3HA UK
Manufacturer
Rafarm S.A.
Agiou Louka str.
19002 Paiania
Attiki
Greece
Distributor
EM Pharma
Old Dalby Business Park
Old Dalby
Leicestershire
LE14 3NJ
UK
This leaflet was last revised in 12/2016.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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