nedocromil ophthalmic (cont.)
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Who should not use nedocromil ophthalmic (Alocril)?
Do not use nedocromil ophthalmic if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in your eye unless you are also receiving proper anti-infective treatment.
Nedocromil ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use nedocromil ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether nedocromil passes into breast milk. Do not use nedocromil ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Nedocromil ophthalmic is not approved for use by children younger than 3 years of age.
How should I use nedocromil ophthalmic (Alocril)?
Use nedocromil eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Wash your hands before using your eye drops.
Remove the safety seal and cap from the bottle. Sit or stand comfortably with your head tilted back. Pull down on your lower eyelid and look up and away from the dropper. Position the dropper tip as close as possible to your lower eyelid and gently squeeze out the prescribed number of drops. Blink a few times to make sure your eye is covered with the solution. Close your eye and remove any excess solution with a clean tissue. Repeat this process in your other eye if directed to do so by your doctor. Replace the cap after use.
Avoid placing the eye drops directly on the pupil of your eye, this area is especially sensitive. Administration of the eye drops may be more comfortable if they are placed just inside the lower eyelid as directed above.
Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.
Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with nedocromil ophthalmic, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it.
Store nedocromil ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.
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