Olopatadine

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Generic Name: Olopatadine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Olopatadine used for?

Olopatadine is an antihistamine used to treat itching and redness in the eyes due to allergies.

This medication is not recommended for the treatment of eye irritation due to wearing contact lenses.

How should I take Olopatadine?

Apply this medication in the affected eye(s) usually once or twice a day as directed by your doctor, depending on the brand of eye drops you are prescribed.

Wash your hands before each use. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

The preservative in this product may be absorbed by contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using this medication and keep them out of your eyes for at least 10 minutes after each dose.

Tilt your head back, look upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and apply the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the inside corner of your eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye.

Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time(s) each day. Continue using it for the full time prescribed.

Wait at least 5 minutes in between applying this medicine and any other eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments) you may be using. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the eye drops to enter the eye.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

How do I store Olopatadine?

Olopatadine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Olopatadine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Olopatadine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Olopatadine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Olopatadine?

Before using olopatadine hydrochloride, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: contact lens use.

Your vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this drug. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Olopatadine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Olopatadine. Olopatadine is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Olopatadine?

Headache, blurred vision, burning/stinging/redness/dryness of the eye, eyelid swelling, or a feeling as if something is in your eye may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Olopatadine?

Olopatadine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Olopatadine?

Olopatadine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Olopatadine?

Olopatadine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Olopatadine.

What is the dose of Olopatadine for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis

0.1% solution: 1 drop in each affected eye twice per day at an interval of 6 to 8 hours

0.2%/0.7% solution: 1 drop in each affected eye once a day

Use: Treatment of the signs and symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis

Other Comments

Administration advice:

-This drug is not for injection or oral ingestion.

Patient advice:

-To prevent contaminating the dropper tip and solution, care should be taken not to touch the eyelids or surrounding areas with the dropper tip of the bottle.

Storage requirements:

-Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What is the dose of Olopatadine for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis

2 years or older:

0.2%/0.7% solution: 1 drop in each affected eye once a day

3 years or older:

0.1% solution: 1 drop in each affected eye twice per day at an interval of 6 to 8 hours

Use: Treatment of the signs and symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis

Precautions

0.1% solution: Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 3 years.

0.2%/0.7% solution: Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 2 years.

How is Olopatadine available?

Olopatadine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Ophthalmic solution.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Olopatadine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: April 5, 2018 | Last Modified: April 5, 2018

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