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Rapitil eye drops can effectively treat and prevent allergic conjunctivitis. This includes symptoms, such as itchy, puffy or inflamed eyes. It is effective against both seasonal and year-round allergies, as well as vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Its active ingredient is nedocromil sodium, which inhibits the eyes’ inflammatory response to allergens.
Allergic conjunctivitis occurs due to the activity of mast cells, which are responsible for the immune system’s response to foreign particles. They react to allergens by releasing substances, such as histamine, which causes the eyes to become watery and inflamed. Nedocromil sodium has a stabilising effect on these mast cells; it inhibits the release of inflammatory chemicals.
There are two primary varieties of allergic conjunctivitis, and Rapitil can ease the symptoms of both. Perennial conjunctivitis occurs throughout the year and is most often caused by everyday irritants, such as dust, mould or animal dander. Seasonal conjunctivitis, more commonly known as hay fever, occurs during high pollen season. In the UK, this is between March and November. As well as using medicines like Rapitil or oral antihistamines, there are a number of measures you can take to relieve hay fever. This includes shutting windows in the car and at home, avoiding grassy areas and protecting your eyes with sunglasses while outside.
Rapitil can also treat a rarer, more severe allergic reaction called vernal keratoconjunctivitis. This conjunctivitis causes small bumps to appear on the inside of the eyelid, and may lead to an increased sensitivity to light.
There are some non-medicinal methods to help combat hay fever symptoms. Some of these may include:
There is an extremely large range of OTC (over the counter) products you can purchase in any pharmacy, these vary from tablets to nasal sprays and also eye drops. You should try these before moving onto a prescription only medicine.
Remove any contact lenses before using Rapitil. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops before you reinsert hard or gas-permeable lenses.
Wash your hands thoroughly before use. Tilt your head back and hold one eye open. Place one or two drops in each eye, as advised by your GP or pharmacist. Avoid touching the tip of the eyedropper to your eye or any other surface. If you struggle with this, you can try resting your hand on the side of your face and placing the drop on the side of your eye.
Usually, the recommended initial dose for Rapitil is one drop into each eye, twice per day. Do not increase this dose unless advised to do so by your doctor. If you have vernal keratoconjunctivitis, you will likely be advised to start at one drop into each eye, four times per day.
You should use a new bottle of Rapitil every four weeks so that the medicine remains sterile. Rapitil should not be used for more than 12 weeks continuously.
If you forget to use Rapitil, take your drops as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. In this case, skip the drop that you missed. Never double your dose to compensate for one that you have missed.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Rapitil. However, if you do, they can include:
Stinging in the eyes or blurred vision. This should go away a few moments after using the drops.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The active ingredient contained in Rapitil eye drops is:
Nedocromil sodium 2% w/v
Rapitil also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Disodium edetate, Benzalkonium chloride, sodium chloride, and purified water.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Rapitil is unsuitable for you if you are allergic to nedocromil sodium or to any other ingredients within the solution.
Use Rapitil with caution if you are breastfeeding or in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Soft contact lenses cannot be worn while regularly using eye drops. You can continue wearing hard lenses, but they must be taken out while using Rapitil; they can be reinserted after 15 minutes.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
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Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering.
If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.
Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a
Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.
You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.
Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail
We deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
We deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
We deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44
Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.
We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.
We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.
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