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Rapitil

Rapitil is a medication used to treat allergic reactions which cause eye inflammation. The treatment comes in the form of eye drops, which are applied on a daily basis to stop the immune system from producing the defensive chemicals that causes itching, redness and swelling around the eyes.


This medicine has been discontinued and is no longer available to request via our online service. If you are still having trouble with your symptoms please visit the NHS website for services in your area


Last Patient Information Leaflet Review: 14/01/2020



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Dr. Diana Gall GMC No. 7685129

Dr Diana Gall graduated from medical school in 2005 and has since undertaken further intensive training in many different areas of medicine. Dr Diana has reached consultant level and has practiced medicine all over Europe.

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Shamir is a well-respected pharmacist with extensive experience running online pharmacies in the UK.

What is Rapitil?

Rapitil eye drops are a treatment used against eye inflammation known as allergic conjunctivitis. The treatment impedes the immune response which causes this allergic reaction. This medicine can also be used to alleviate the symptoms of an allergic eye disease called vernal kerato conjunctivitis.

How does Rapitil work?

Included in these eye drops is a substance called nedocromil sodium. This is the main ingredient of Rapitil and it prevents mast cells located near the eyes from releasing chemicals that cause an allergic reaction. When irritants trigger the immune system to respond, the mast cells release a defensive chemical called histamine and it’s this substance that is responsible for causing inflammation and redness around the eyes.

How do I use Rapitil?

Before using this treatment, it should be noted that if you are using any other type of eye medicine, they should be used at least five minutes apart from each other. If an eye ointment is among the medications you are currently using, it should be used last. If you wear contact lenses, then these should be removed before applying the eye drops and once you use them, wait at least 15 minutes before putting contact lenses back in.

Your doctor and product information leaflet can provide detailed instructions regards the technique for applying these eye drops correctly. The cap is removed from the bottle and, with your head tilted back, you squeeze one or two drops inside the lower eyelid without touching your eye. With the drops applied, you close your eye and wipe away any excess liquid from your eyes with a clean tissue. The cap should be put back on the bottle as soon as you’re done with it.

This process is typically done to the eyes twice each day but can be increased to four times each day if needed. If Rapitil is being used to treat vernal kerato conjunctivitis, the recommended dosage is one drop in each eye four times each day. Take note that while these eye drops are used on a daily basis, they should not be taken for more than 12 weeks.

What are the side effects of Rapitil?

If any side effects are experienced when taking these eye drops, then the most likely symptoms are stinging or burning in your eyes, blurring of eyesight and change in the way things taste. These are likely to only occur for a short time though. You should contact your doctor if any of your side effects get serious or last longer than a few days.

If the itching, redness or swelling around your eyes get worse, you may be allergic to these eye drops. In that case, you should stop using this medication and see a doctor as soon as possible. While it’s overall unlikely you’ll experience major problems, your eyesight will likely not be at its absolute best for some time after using the drops, so you should avoid any driving until your sight has fully returned.

Can I take Rapitil?

Rapitil can be taken by adults and children aged 6 years old and above. An alternative treatment should be sort for children aged below 6. If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to get pregnant, then consult your doctor or pharmacist before using these eye drops.

What if I forget to take Rapitil?

If you forget to take these eye drops on any day, then take them as soon as you remember. However, if it is just before your next eye drops are due, then simply skip the forgotten dose. Don’t take a double dosage to compensate for a forgotten dose.

What if I use more Rapitil than I should?

If you use more eye drops than you’re meant to, you should contact your doctor or nearest hospital immediately. Take your medicine with you when you go to see the doctor so they’ll know what exactly you’ve taken.

What do Rapitil Eye Drops look like?

These eye drops appear as a clear yellow solution and they are contained in a 3ml or 5ml plastic dropper bottle.

How is Rapitil stored?

Rapitil eye drops should be stored somewhere below 25 degrees centigrade. The bottle is best kept in the outer carton in order to protect it from exposure to light. It should also be stored somewhere out of sight and reach of children.

These eye drops are sterile when you buy them, so you should not keep them for more than four weeks once the bottle has been opened for the first time. Also, keep an eye on the expiry date. The date shown on the product refers to the last day of the month stated. If you need to dispose this medicine at any time, then you should avoid doing it via wastewater or household waste. Your pharmacist can advise on how to properly dispose your medicine in a way that is environmentally friendly.

Buy Rapitil

Unfortunately, this product has been discontinued, so it isn’t possible to buy Rapitil.

For those that used to buy Rapitil eye drops, please see your GP or pharmacist for advice on alternative medications. Once you know of a suitable alternative, please take a look at our other treatments for allergies and hayfever

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UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am Saturday

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