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Opticrom Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
- What are the possible side effects of cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
- What is the most important information I should know about cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
- What should I tell my healthcare provider before using cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
- How should I use cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Opticrom)?
- What happens if I overdose (Opticrom)?
- What should I avoid while using cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
- What other drugs will affect cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cromolyn sodium.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before you use cromolyn sodium ophthalmic, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions.
FDA pregnancy category B. Cromolyn sodium is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether cromolyn sodium passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old.
How should I use cromolyn sodium ophthalmic (Opticrom)?
Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
For best results, use this medication at regular intervals.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
- Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
- Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
It may take up to 6 weeks of using cromolyn sodium before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 6 weeks of treatment.
Store cromolyn sodium ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
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