Opticrom (Cromolyn Sodium)
Opticrom Eye Drops (Cromolyn Sodium) Dosage and Side Effects
OPTICROM EYE DROPS is used to treat allergy symptoms that affect the eyes, such as itching, burning, watering, swelling, redness, or sensitivity to light.
Proper Use of this medication
For best results, use this medicine at regular intervals.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.
- Close your eyes for 2 or 3 minutes with your head tipped down, without blinking or squinting. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
- Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed. If you use more than one drop, wait about 5 minutes between drops.
- Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops your doctor has prescribed.
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
It may take up to 6 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
An overdose of OPTICROM EYE DROPS is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, or irritation in your eyes after using the eye drops.
Common side effects may include:
- mild burning or stinging after you use the eye drops;
- dry or irritated eyes;
- puffy eyes; or
- watery eyes.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Warnings and Precautions
This medicine is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether OPTICROM EYE DROPS pass into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old.
Interactions with this medication
Do not wear contact lenses while using this medicine, or when you have allergy symptoms affecting your eyes.
Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on cromolyn sodium used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.