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Opticrom is an anti-allergy medication. It is used to treat perennial or seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is caused when the body is exposed to an allergen, such as pollen, flakes of skin from animals or dust mites. Symptoms can include itchy, inflamed, watery eyes.
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What is Opticrom?

Opticrom allergy eye drops is an anti-allergy medication, used to treat symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis may be seasonal or perennial, and is caused when the body comes into contact with an allergen. Allergens can include flakes of skin from animals, pollen, or dust mites. Symptoms may include itchy, watery and inflamed eyes. Opticrom can help to relieve these symptoms.

Opticrom is available to buy without prescription. However, it is still important that you use Opticrom carefully in order for it to be beneficial to you.

The active ingredient in Opticrom eye drops is sodium cromoglicate. For more information about Opticrom, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

The active ingredient in Opticrom is sodium cromoglicate. It is not fully understood how sodium cromoglicate treats allergic conjunctivitis, but it is thought that by stabilising immune cells, it prevents the release of histamine. Histamine is a chemical that causes you to experience symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis, such as itchy and inflamed eyes.

Opticrom usually begins to work within two to three days of using it. It is important to use it regularly in order to realise the full benefit of the medication.

Before you take it

You should not use Opticrom if you are allergic to the active ingredient sodium cromoglicate, or any of the other ingredients in the medication. Speak with your doctor, who will be able to recommend an alternative medication for your condition.

You should not use Opticrom while also using soft contact lenses. This is because Opticrom contains benzalkonium chloride, which can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and can cause eye irritation.

Opticrom may cause blurred eyesight immediately after using it. For this reason, you must not drive or operate heavy machinery until this effect has worn off. This medicine should not cause drowsiness. However, you should not do anything that requires acute concentration until you know fully how Opticrom affects you.

This medication is not expected to cause harm during pregnancy. However, as with all medication, you should only use it if absolutely essential, and if it has been approved by your doctor. Talk to your doctor if you require more advice.

This medication should not cause harm during breastfeeding.

Opticrom is not known to interact with any other medication. However, you must tell your doctor about any other medication you are taking before using this medicine.

Opticrom is safe to use with other allergy medications, such as antihistamine tablets and other allergy eye drops.

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and interactions. For a full list, you must read the patient information leaflet or speak to your doctor for advice.

Dosage Instructions

Use Opticrom exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to use Opticrom, ask your doctor or pharmacist before using it.

The typical dose to treat allergic conjunctivitis is one or two drops in each eye, up to four times per day. However, your doctor may recommend a different dose.

To administer the eye drops, wash your hands first. Tilt your head back. Squeeze one or two drops into the lower lid of your eye. Do not touch your eye with the dropper bottle. Close your eye, and wipe away any excess fluid with a clean tissue. Repeat in the other eye as necessary.

If you are using another eye drop medication at the same time as Opticrom, be sure to administer them at least 15 minutes apart. This will prevent the second drop washing away the first.

Store Opticrom in a cool, dry place, free from heat or moisture. Do not refrigerate. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Opticrom

Like other medications, Opticrom may cause unwanted side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature and should go away on their own as your body gets used to the medication. However, if these side effects persist, you may wish to go to your doctor to discuss them. Symptoms may include:

  • Stinging in your eyes
  • Burning in your eyes
  • Blurring of eyesight immediately after using the eye drops

Opticrom can also cause more serious side effects. These are rare, but if you experience them you should go to your doctor to discuss whether this medication is suitable for you. Side effects may include:

  • Mild eye irritation

Opticrom may also cause an allergic reaction in some patients. This is extremely rare, but if if it occurs, you should immediately seek medical advice. An allergic reaction is an emergency and if left untreated, can lead to anaphylaxis. Symptoms may include:

  • Skin rash - swelling, peeling, redness or blistering
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Hives or nettle rash
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, tongue or throat
  • Tightness in the chest or throat

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. For a complete list, consult the patient information leaflet or ask your doctor for advice.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Opticrom safe for children?

Opticrom should not be given to children under six years of age. We do not prescribe any medication to anyone under the age of 18.

I’m pregnant. Can I use Opticrom?

Opticrom is not known to cause harm during pregnancy. However, you should still exercise caution. Consult with your doctor, and only use Opticrom during pregnancy if it is absolutely necessary.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you forget to use Opticrom, use it as soon as you remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your dosing schedule as normal. Never use more than one dose to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I take too much?

Using too much Opticrom is unlikely to harm you. However, you may experience more side effects than usual, such as stinging or burning in the eyes. Go to your doctor to discuss this if you are concerned. If you or a child accidentally drinks Opticrom, you must go to your nearest hospital casualty department immediately.

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Dosage Instructions ONE or TWO drops FOUR times a day.