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Polcrom (sodium cromoglycate) - eye drops, solution

The name of the preparation Character; dose; package Manufacturer Price 100% Price after refund In which pharmacy?
Polcrom eye drops, solution; 20 mg / ml (2%); 10 ml [2 × 5 ml] Polfa Warsaw 10.46 Check

Note: reimbursed drug prices are in line with the regulations in force from July 1, 2018.

The preparation contains the substance:sodium cromoglycate

The drug is available without a prescription

What is Polcrom?

Topical application to the eye (conjunctival sac) with antiallergic activity.

What does Polcrom contain and how does it work?

The active substance is sodium cromoglycate, a substance with antiallergic activity. Sodium cromoglycate, by stabilizing mast cell membranes, inhibits the formation of allergic reactions in response to allergens. It inhibits the degranulation of mast cells, i.e. prevents the release of substances that mediate allergic reactions, such as histamine and leukotrienes. The mechanism of action of sodium cromoglycate probably consists in blocking Calcium channels associated with immunoglobulin E receptors, which inhibits the influx of calcium ions into the cell and the release of mediators. Sodium cromoglycate, administered in the form of eye drops, reduces the symptoms of acute and chronic allergic conjunctivitis, such as swelling and itching of the mucous membranes. After topical application to the conjunctival sac, the sodium cromoglycate can be minimally absorbed systemically and practically does not cause systemic side effects.

When to use Polcrom?

The indication for the use of the preparation is allergic conjunctivitis (including spring and seasonal).

When not to use this preparation?

Unfortunately, even if there are indications to use the preparation, it can not always be used. You can not use the preparation if you are allergic (you are hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients.

When should you exercise extreme caution when using Polcrom?

Certain diseases and other circumstances may constitute a contraindication to use or indication to change the dosage of the preparation. In some situations it may be necessary to carry out specific check-ups.
The preparation is intended only for external use, and for the conjunctival sac.
The preparation contains benzalkonium chloride and therefore soft contact lenses should not be worn during the use of the preparation.
Additional information about the other ingredients of the preparation:
· The preparation contains benzalkonium chloride as a preservative, which can deposit in soft contact lenses and destroy them (cause discolorations); remove the lenses before instilling eyes and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them on again.

Does this preparation affect the ability to drive vehicles?
Transient visual disturbances (blurred vision) may occur after use of the preparation, which may impair the ability to drive vehicles and operate machinery / equipment.

Dosage of Polcrom

The preparation is in the form of eye drops, for topical application to the conjunctival sac. Use the preparation as recommended. Do not exceed the recommended doses because it will not increase the effectiveness of the drug and may harm your health and life. If you have any doubts regarding the use of the preparation, consult a physician.
Usually, 1-2 drops are used in the conjunctival sac 4 times a day, at regular intervals.
Treatment should begin in the asymptomatic period before contacting the allergen and continue throughout the season. Systematic use of the drug over a long period is necessary.
The preparation is sterile until the first opening. Do not touch any surface with the tip of the eyedropper, as this may contaminate the product and lead to eye infection. After use, the container must be sealed.

Can I use Polcrom during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

During pregnancy, do not use any medicine without consulting your doctor!
It is very important that before using any medicine during pregnancy or breastfeeding, consult a physician and explain beyond any doubt the potential risks and benefits associated with the use of the drug.
The use of a drug in pregnancy is possible only after consultation with a physician and only if the doctor deems it absolutely necessary. Special care should be taken if the doctor allows use in the first trimester of pregnancy.
It is unknown whether sodium cromoglycate is excreted in human milk. Before using the preparation during breastfeeding, consult a doctor.

Can I use other preparations in parallel?

Tell your doctor about all medicines you have recently taken, including those that are over the counter.
So far, there was no interaction of the preparation with other drugs.
In the case of topical use of other ophthalmic preparations, a minimum of a few minutes should be allowed between each administration of medication.

What side effects can occur?

Like all medicines, Polcrom may cause side effects, although they will not occur in all patients who use this medicine. Remember that the expected benefits of using the drug are usually greater than the damage resulting from the occurrence of side effects.
There may be local side effects such as eye irritation, burning or conjunctival stinging.

Other preparations on the Polish market containing sodium cromoglycate

Alleoptical (eye drops, solution)
Allergo-COMOD (eye drops)
Allergocrom (eye drops)
CromoHEXAL (eye drops, solution)
CromoHEXAL (nasal spray, solution)
Cusicrom (eye drops)
Polcrom 2% (nasal spray, solution)
Vividrin (eye drops, solution)