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New Eye Rx for Allergies

I recently saw an ad for a new prescription eye drop, but forgot the name and manufacturer. supposedly it lasts longer than older medications. I started with Opcon A by prescription several years ago and now use the over-the-counter equivalents, but it doesn't last long enough to make it on the prescribed dosage.

What's the latest Rx so I can ask my doctor if he will prescribed it?


Hugh B.

Dear Hugh,

Thanks for asking about prescription eye drops for allergy symptoms.

You may be thinking of Crolom which is a preventive medicine (cromolym sodium) that does not stop or relieve the symptoms, but can prevent them from occurring. Crolom must be placed into the eyes 15 minutes before going outside during the "outdoor" allergy season.

Allergy eye drop medications have antihistamines, such as Opcon and Livostin. The antihistamine effect can last from 4 to 10 hours depending upon the activity and level of pollen exposure. Driving your auto with the windows up will help, as will air conditioning as it lowers the mold spore and pollen levels.

I hope this info is useful to you and your family. Remember, allergy does run in families.

Good luck.

Steve Kagen, M.D.