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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.
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.
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.
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.
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