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Olopatadine Hcl

Olopatadine Hcl

Important warnings

Proper usage warning: To prevent contamination, don’t touch your eyelids or other areas around your eyes with the tip of the dropper. Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are finished instilling the eye drops.

Contact lens warning: Don’t use this drug to treat irritation caused by contact lenses. A preservative in the solution, benzalkonium chloride, may be absorbed by your contact lenses. If your eyes get itchy while wearing contact lenses, take out the lenses, then put the eye drops into your eyes. Wait at least 10 minutes before putting the lenses back in.

What is olopatadine?

Olopatadine is a prescription drug. It comes in the form of an ophthalmic solution (eye drops).

Olopatadine is available as the brand-name drugs Pazeo, Patanol, and Pataday. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than brand-name versions. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as brand-name drugs.

Olopatadine may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to use it with other medications.

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.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom)

Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website ( for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach.