Pemirolast
   

Pemirolast
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(pe MIR oh last)

Brand Names
Alamast™

Therapeutic Categories
Mast Cell Stabilizer; Ophthalmic Agent, Miscellaneous

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to pemirolast or any other part of the medicine.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine prevents symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis (itchy, watery, red, irritated eyes). May take up to 4 weeks to see the full effects.


How does it work?

  • Pemirolast, if taken before coming in contact with the material that causes the allergy, blocks the allergic reaction by minimizing or preventing the eye's reaction to the allergen.


How is it best taken?

  • For the eye only.
  • Take out soft contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given. This medicine contains a preservative that can be absorbed by the lens.
  • After using medicine keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps medicine in the eye.
  • Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes. Give one and wait 5 minutes before using the next.
  • Do not touch the bottle tip to eye, lid, or other skin.
  • This medicine is most effective if started before contact with the allergen.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Instill a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not instill a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • If eyes are red, do not wear contact lenses.
  • Do not use to treat contact lens-related irritation.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Headache.
  • Cold and flu symptoms.
  • Runny nose.
  • Short-term stinging and burning when drops are first put in.


What should I monitor?

  • Check effectiveness of medicine in preventing symptoms. May take 4 weeks to see full effects.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat.
  • Severe headache.
  • Any rash.
  • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store in a tight container at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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