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What is Rapitil?

Rapitil is an eye drop solution that is used to prevent and relieve allergic eye irritations, including conjunctivitis caused by hay fever. It can also be used to treat a more severe type of conjunctivitis that is accompanied by bumps inside the upper eyelid, severe itching and sensitivity to light. The eye drops contain a medicine called nedocromil sodium that has anti allergic properties. It works by preventing the release of the natural substances in the eye that over react and cause the irritation.

How to use Rapitil?

You should wash your hands before using the eye drops. Remove the cap from the bottle and tilt your head back. Squeeze one or two drops into the lower eyelid according to the dose prescribed. Try not to touch the eye during this process. You should then close your eyes and mop up any excess liquid with a clean tissue. Repeat this process in your other eye and replace the cap when you have finished.

Hard or gas-permeable contact lenses should be removed before applying the eye drops. You can replace your contact lenses 15 minutes later. It is important to make sure that there is a gap of at least 5 minutes between applying Rapitil and any other form of eye medicine. Eye ointments should be applied last in this sequence.

The usual dose for allergic eye conditions is one drop of Rapitil solution twice daily applied to both eyes. The dose frequency can be increased to four times a day. But do not do this without asking your doctor or pharmacist first.

It is important that the eye drop solution remains sterile. For this reason you should use a new bottle of solution every 4 weeks. The eye drops should not be used for more than 12 weeks in a row.

Who can use Rapitil?

Rapitil is suitable for most people. However, you should not use it if you are allergic to nedocromil sodium or to any of the other constituents. Also, you will not be able to continue to wear soft contact lenses while using Rapitil. The eye drop solution may change the colour of your contact lenses.

It is unlikely that using Rapitil will have any adverse effect if you are pregnant. But it is wise to exercise caution during the first trimester and whilst breast feeding. We will be able to advise you about this.

Rapitil side effects

The most common side effect of Rapitil is a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes sometimes accompanied by blurred vision. This occurs immediately after applying the eye drops and goes away quickly thereafter. A few people experience a change in their sense of taste. Not everyone experiences these problems.

You should stop using Rapitil and see your doctor as soon as possible if the itching or redness in your eyes gets worse, as this may be a sign that you are allergic to the eye drops.

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