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Olopatadine

Olopatadine

Uses

This medication 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 to use Olopatadine HCL Drops

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.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Ophthalmic olopatadine is used to treat the symptoms of allergic pink eye. Olopatadine is in a class of medications called antihistamines. It works by blocking histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.

How should this medicine be used?

Ophthalmic olopatadine comes as a solution (liquid) to instill in the eye. It is usually instilled in the affected eye(s) twice a day, around 6 to 8 hours apart. To help you remember to use olopatadine, use it around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use olopatadine exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Why it's used

Olopatadine eye drops are used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergies.

How it works

Olopatadine belongs to a class of drugs called mast cell stabilizers. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Olopatadine stops mast cells from breaking down and releasing substances called histamines and leukotrienes. These substances cause your body to have an allergic reaction. This reaction can cause symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes.

Side Effects

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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

  • Blurred vision
  • eye irritation or pain
  • swelling of the eyelid
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