What are Sodium Cromoglicate Allergy Eye Drops?
You maybe forgiven for thinking that they are an antihistamine eye drop as they help manage the symptoms of allergies affecting the eye like:
- Puffy eyes
You would be wrong though, as these eye drops are actually a mast cell stabiliser. What's a mast cell stabiliser I hear you say? This useful class of drug rather than preventing the action of histamine (an antihistamine) work to prevent the release of histamine from mast cells. By stabilising the mast cell membrane you prevent histamine release. This means that to get the most from this type of treatment you must use the medicine on a regular basis even when you do not have symptoms. A great choice for those who suffer for several weeks or months at a time.
Typically, these symptoms occur 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 'hay fever eyes' or by its medical term: seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Some unfortunate individuals will suffer this condition year round and not just in the summer. This is known as Perennial Allergic Conjunctivitis.
How to use Sodium Cromoglicate Eye Drops?
Adults And Children Over 6: Gently squeeze one or two drops into each eye, 4 times daily.
Children Under 6: This medicine should NOT be used in children under 6 years of age. Please visit your GP.
To get the most from this eye drop it should be used every day even if you do not have allergic eye symptoms and one bottle will usually last around 1 month if used at the recommended daily dose. This product should be discarded one month after opening to ensure sterility and prevent contamination.
If you experience no improvement in your symptoms then please speak with your pharmacist or GP for more advice.
Sodium Cromoglicate 2% w/v.
Please note these eye drops contain the preservative benzalkonium chloride so may not be suitable for those who wear soft contact lenses.
Who should not use these Sodium Cromoglicate Eye Drops?
This medicine should not be used by the following groups of patients without first seeking medical advice from your GP or our Pharmacist:
- If you are allergic to Sodium Cromoglicate or anything else in the medicine
- If you wear soft contact lenses. This is because the preservative will stick to the lens and cause irritation to your eyes. You would be best looking for a preservative free eye drop instead.
If you have any questions about how this product may interact with your current medicines or conditions please contact us and one of our pharmacists will be more than happy to help. There are known drug interactions, but if you use multiple different eye drops it would be advisable to leave 5-10 minutes between different drops to ensure they have time to be fully absorbed.
What side effects could I expect
These eye drops are generally well tolerated but the following side effects tend to be the most common:
- 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
This list is not exhaustive and for less common side effects please refer to the patient information leaflet.
Can I buy Sodium Cromoglicate Eye Drops over the counter?
This medicine is available to buy over the counter. You do not need a prescription to buy these drops but you will be asked some questions about your medical health when you add it to your basket. Our pharmacist will check your consultation prior to despatch to ensure it is safe and appropriate for you.
Can I use these allergy eye drops if I am Pregnant or Breastfeeding?
This medicine is NOT known to be harmful and can be used in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding but please speak with your pharmacist or GP for further information.
This product is a medicine, and the sales are monitored to ensure the safety of our customers. From time to time we may impose limits on the amounts you may purchase and apply restrictions to the frequency of orders. For helpful advice please read Our Policies in the footer of the site to understand more.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, please speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if his medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product and if you have any questions please contact one of our pharmacists for more information.
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