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Pemirolast ( pe-MEER-oh-last) is used to treat the itching in your eyes that happens with allergies.
Pemirolast works by preventing certain types of inflammatory cells from releasing irritating substances that cause allergic symptoms.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For pemirolast, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to pemirolast. Also tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to any other substances, such as [foods, preservatives, or dyes].
Pregnancy- Pemirolast has not been shown to cause birth defects or other problems in humans. However, in rats given 20,000 to 30,000 times the human dose of pemirolast, there was an increase in the number of fetal bone and heart deformities as well as an increased number of fetal implantation losses.
Breast-feeding- It is not known whether pemirolast passes into human breast milk. Although most medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts, many of them may be used safely while breast feeding. Mothers who are taking this medicine and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
Children- This medicine has been tested in children 3 years of age and older and, in effective doses, has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems than it does in adults.
Older adults- There is no specific information available comparing the use of pemirolast in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of pemirolast. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
Pemirolast is used to help treat the itching that often occurs with allergic conjunctivitis.
Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than your doctor ordered.
Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average dose of ophthalmic pemirolast. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
You should avoid wearing contact lenses when your eyes are red and irritated from your allergies.
For patients who continue to wear contact lenses and whose eyes are not red, be certain to wait at least 10 minutes after applying pemirolast to your eyes before replacing any contact lenses normally worn.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT