Lodoxamide eye drops relieve eye inflammation associated with allergies.
Use the drops four times a day.
It is not recommended that you wear soft contact lenses while you are using the drops.
About lodoxamide eye drops
|Type of medicine||Anti-allergy eye drops|
|Used for||To relieve the eye symptoms of allergies such as hay fever|
|Also called||Alomide®; Alomide® Allergy|
|Available as||Eye drops|
Allergic conjunctivitis causes red, watery and itchy eyes. It is caused by exposure to irritants such as plant pollens, pet fur, cosmetics or house dust mite. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis occurs at certain times in a year, a common cause being an allergy to pollen in the hay fever season. Perennial allergic conjunctivitis persists throughout the year. This is commonly due to an allergy to house dust mite or animal hair.
Lodoxamide eye drops relieve the eye symptoms of an allergy by blocking the release of a chemical called histamine, which is produced by the body as part of the allergic reaction.
Lodoxamide eye drops are available on prescription, or you can buy them without a prescription at a pharmacy.
Before using lodoxamide eye drops
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using lodoxamide eye drops it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you wear soft contact lenses.
- If the drops are intended for a child under 4 years of age. Lodoxamide eye drops are not recommended for this age group.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to any eye drops.
- If you are taking or using any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
How to use lodoxamide eye drops
- Wash your hands well before you use the drops.
- Open the bottle.
- Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye downwards to form a pocket.
- Hold the bottle upside down near to your eye. Try not to touch your eye as you do this.
- Gently press on the base of the bottle to release one drop into your eye.
- Close your eye for a minute or two, and press gently on the side of your nose where the corner of your eye meets your nose. This helps to stop the drop from draining away and keeps it in your eye.
- Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been told to use the drops in both eyes.
- Put the cap back on the bottle.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Before you start the treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from the pack. The manufacturer's leaflet will give you more information about the drops, and a full list of side-effects which you may experience from using them.
- Use lodoxamide eye drops four times a day, unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor.
- Take care not to touch your eye, fingers, or any other surface with the dropper of the bottle. This could infect the drops left in the bottle.
- When you first put the drops into your eye, it may cause blurred vision. This should quickly clear, but make sure you can see clearly again before you drive or use machines or tools.
- If you are using any other eye drops, leave at least five minutes between applying each preparation. This is to prevent more liquid going into your eye than it can handle. Otherwise the drops will overflow from your eye and not have the intended effect.
- Do not wear soft contact lenses while you are using lodoxamide eye drops unless your doctor has advised you otherwise. This is because lenses will irritate your eyes, and also because there is a preservative in the drops which can affect soft contact lenses.
- If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check again with your doctor.
- Your doctor will tell you how long to use the drops for. You should notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days, but treatment for up to four weeks is sometimes required.
Can lodoxamide eye drops cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with lodoxamide eye drops. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with the drops. Speak with your doctor if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
|Common lodoxamide eye drop side-effects||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Eye irritation or discomfort (such as dryness or itching)||This is usually mild and does not last for long|
|Blurred vision||If this happens, do not drive until you can see clearly again|
If you experience any other symptoms, which you think may be due to the drops, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store lodoxamide eye drops
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
- Eye drops only keep for four weeks once the bottle has been opened, so do not use lodoxamide drops if the bottle has been open for longer than this. This will help to prevent the risk of eye infections.
Important information about all medicines
If you buy any medicines check with a pharmacist that they are safe to use with your other medicines.
Never use more than the prescribed dose.
If you suspect that someone has swallowed some of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are using.
This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.
Further reading & references
- Manufacturer's PIL, Alomide® Allergy 0.1% eye drops; Alcon Laboratories (U.K) Limited, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated October 2010.
- British National Formulary; 66th Edition (September 2013) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
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Dr Helen Huins