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What should I know about using nedocromil eye drops?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Nedocromil (Alocril) eye drops are used to relieve itching, watering and burning associated with allergic conjunctivitis, a consequence of seasonal allergies and hay fever. Your doctor will tell you how often to use the nedocromil eye drops, typically one or two drops in each affected eye, twice a day. It is not used to treat eye infections, so if your symptoms worsen call your doctor. If you wear contact lenses, take them out and wear your glasses until you are finished using nedocromil.

How to instill the eye drops:

  • Wash your hands before opening and applying the drops
  • Check the contents to see if there are any particles or discoloration
  • Do not let the dropper come in direct contact with anything including the eye to avoid contamination
  • Draw up some fluid in the dropper and tilt your head back
  • Carefully squeeze the stopper to release the drop and aim for the lower eyelid pocket without touching it
  • Return the dropper to the bottle and close the bottle

If you have problems with dexterity or have difficulty instilling eye drops, ask someone to help you. If you have missed a dose of nedocromil eye drops, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near to the time you are expected to take the next dose, skip the missed one and continue applying the drops according to your regular schedule.

Don't take two doses at once. Nedocromil is not recommended in children below three years of age because the safety and effectiveness in this age group has not been studied. It can, however, be given to children older than age three.

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