It is used to treat the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis such as red, itchy, puffy and watery eyes.
The usual dose is 1 or 2 drops into the affected eye 4 times a day at regular intervals.
You should notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days, but longer treatment for up to 4 weeks is sometimes required.
Remove the loose collar from the cap when you open the bottle.
• Wash your hands before you start.
• Twist off the bottle cap.
• Hold the bottle pointing down, between your thumb and fingers.
• Tilt your head back.
• Pull down your lower eyelid with a finger, until there is a 'pocket' between the eyelid and your eye. The drop will go in here.
• Bring the bottle tip close to the eye. Do this in front of a mirror if it helps.
• Do not touch your eye or eyelid, surrounding areas or other surfaces with the dropper. It could infect the drops.
• Gently press on the base of the bottle to release one drop at a time.
• Release the lower eyelid and keep closed for 2 minutes.
• Press the corner of your eye nearest to your nose with a finger for at least 2 minutes immediately after use. This will reduce the amount of the medicine getting to the rest of your body.
• Do not squeeze the bottle, only a gentle press on the bottom is needed.
• If you use drops in both eyes, repeat the steps for your other eye. Put the bottle cap firmly back on immediately after use.
• If a drop misses your eye, try again.
Always use ALOMIDE exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Do not use ALOMIDE:
• If you are allergic to lodoxamide or any of the other ingredients.
• In CHILDREN below 4 years of age.
Only use ALOMIDE in your eye(s).
You may experience eye discomfort, such as burning or stinging, at the beginning of treatment with ALOMIDE. These symptoms should wear off, however if they persist, as your doctor for advice.
If any of these apply, ask your doctor for advice.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you are pregnant or might get pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding a baby, talk to your doctor before you use ALOMIDE.
Driving and using machines: You may experience blurred vision after using ALOMIDE. Do not drive or use any machines unless your vision is clear.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
If you are using more than one type of eye medicine, the medicines must be used at least 5 minutes apart. Eye ointments should be used last.
Wearing contact lenses is not advisable if you have allergic conjunctivitis as it may make your condition worse.
Do not use the drops while wearing contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after use before putting your lenses back in.
There is a preservative in ALOMIDE (benzalkonium chloride) that may cause eye irritation and can discolour soft contact lenses.
• If you forget to take ALOMIDE, do not worry, just take it as soon as possible. Do not take a double dose to make up.
• If you use more ALOMIDE than you should it can be washed out of your eye with warm water.
• If you accidentally swallow ALOMIDE consult your doctor immediately.
If you have any further questions on the use of ALOMIDE, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, ALOMIDE can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
•You may experience some or all of the following effects in your eye(s): Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10) : discomfort Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100) : blurred vision, dryness, itching, increased tear production, redness. Uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000) : pain, swelling, tired eyes, white deposits on the eye surface (cornea), feeling of something in the eye, discharge, irritation, eyelid scales. Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000) : damage or scarring to eye surface (cornea), inflammation, eye allergy, impaired vision, eyelid swelling.
•You may also experience effects in other areas of your body including: Uncommon: dizziness, headache, nausea, a feeling of warmth or flushing. Rare: drowsiness, bad taste, dryness of the nose, sneezing, stomach discomfort, rash. Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data): abnormal increase in heart rate.
If any of the side effects get serious, or you notice any side effects not listed, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
• Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Store upright.
• Keep the bottle tightly closed.
• Do not use the drops after the expiry date (marked 'Exp') on the bottle and the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Stop using the bottle 4 weeks after first opening, to prevent infections.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via waste water or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
• Do not pass this medicine on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
The active substance is lodoxamide 0.1% w/v (as lodoxamide trometamol). The other ingredients are mannitol, hypromellose, sodium citrate, citric acid monohydrate, tyloxapol, disodium edetate, benzalkonium chloride, concentrated hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide (to adjust pH) and purified water.