What is Rapitil 2%?
Rapitil 2% eye drops are used to treat mild allergic reactions and to ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies such as hayfever.
The eyes can be affected by allergic conjunctivitis, which is inflammation of certain parts of the eyes. Symptoms of this can include red, watery, itchy eyes and puffy eyelids. Rapitil eye drops help to ease this.
How does Rapitil work?
The active ingredient in Rapitil eye drops is nedocromil sodium. This works to stop the eyes producing certain substances that cause eye inflammation in response to the presence of an allergen.
Don’t use Rapitil eye drops if:
- You’re allergic to nedocromil sodium or any other ingredient in this medicine
- You wear soft contact lenses
- You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
Rapitil Eye Drops contain benzalkonium chloride, which can cause eye irritation and also change the colour of contact lenses.
How do you take Rapitil?
Always take Rapitil nedocromil eye drops as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
To treat seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, caused by hayfever for example, put one drop in each eye twice a day. You can increase this to four times a day if necessary, but don’t use Rapitil for more than 12 weeks.
Follow the instructions in the patient information leaflet when putting the eye drops in.
How effective is Rapitil?
Rapitil nedocromil sodium eye drops are a clinically proven treatment for allergic conjunctivitis.
Use this medication for as long as your doctor recommends. If you stop using it too early, your symptoms may come back.
What are the main side effects of Rapitil?
Like all medicines, Rapitil drops can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Three common side effects of eye drops are:
- Blurred vision
- Stinging or burning in the eyes
- A change in the way things taste
You shouldn’t drive if your eyesight is affected by use of this medication.
For a full list of Rapitil side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.