Alomide is a prescription eye drop medication used to treat certain types of allergic eye conditions such as vernal keratoconjunctivitis, vernal conjunctivitis, and vernal keratitis. It contains the mast cell stabilizer lodoxamide tromethamine, which helps to relieve eye symptoms such as itching, redness, burning, watery eyes, and sensitivity to light caused by allergies.
Use and Dosage
Alomide eye drops should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Apply Alomide eye drops for adults and children over 4 years of age is 1 or 2 drops in each eye 4 times daily at regular intervals. If possible, start treatment before your usual allergy season. Here are some general guidelines for using Alomide eye drops:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before using the eye drops.
- Tilt your head back and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the eye dropper close to your eye but not touching it.
- Squeeze the dropper to place the prescribed number of drops in the pocket. Avoid touching the dropper to your eye or any other surface.
- Close your eyes and gently press your finger against the inner corner of your eye for 1-2 minutes.
- If you are using other eye drops, wait at least 5 minutes before applying Alomide drops to avoid diluting or mixing medications.
Use Alomide eye drops at the same time(s) each day to maintain a consistent level of medication in your eye(s) and achieve the best results. If you forget a dose, use it as soon as you remember, or skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use more than the recommended amount of Alomide eye drops. Follow your doctor’s instructions and attend regular checkups to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
Common Side Effects of Alomide (Lodexamide):
- Blurred vision
- Crusting or drainage from your eyes
- Dry eyes
- Eye irritation or itching
- Feeling like something is in your eye and
- Mild burning or stinging in the eye
- Pain or redness in the eyes
- Swollen or puffy eye lids
- Watery eyes
Serious Side Effects of Alomide (Lodexamide):
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe burning or stinging when applying the eye drops
- Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat
Forms and Strength
Alomide (Lodexamide) is available in the following forms and strength:
Alomide: Eye Drops
- Allergic reaction: If you are allergic to lodoxamide or any other ingredients in Alomide, you should not use this medication.
- Contact lenses: If you wear contact lenses, you should remove them before using Alomide and wait at least 10 minutes before reinserting them.
- Glaucoma: If you have glaucoma, you should use Alomide with caution, as it may increase intraocular pressure.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: It is not known whether Alomide is safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. You should talk to your doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Children: Alomide may be used in children ages 2 and up, but the safety and efficacy in children under 2 years of age have not been established.
- Eye infections: If you have an eye infection, use of Alomide eye drops may delay the healing process or make it worse. You should talk to your doctor before using Alomide if you have an eye infection.
- Other medications: If you are taking any other medications, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Alomide to avoid any potential drug interactions.
- Side effects: Alomide may cause some side effects, such as burning, stinging, itching, redness, or blurred vision. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor.
- Overuse: Overuse of Alomide may cause increased eye redness and lead to a loss of effectiveness. You should use Alomide only as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can children use Alomide?
Alomide may be used in children ages 2 and up, but the safety and efficacy in children under 2 years of age have not been established.
How long can I use Alomide?
Alomide is typically used for a period of up to three months. If your symptoms persist or worsen, you should talk to your doctor.
How should I store Alomide?
Alomide should be stored at room temperature between 20°C and 25°C (68°F and 77°F) and away from moisture and heat. You should not freeze the medication.
How often should I use Alomide?
Alomide is typically administered as 1-2 drops in the affected eye(s) up to four times daily, or as directed by your doctor.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Alomide?
If you miss a dose of Alomide, you should apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, you should skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.