Brand Name Mint-Olopatadine Common Name olopatadine
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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Olopatadine belongs to the family of medications called antihistamines. It is used to relieve signs and symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis (an allergic reaction affecting the eyes), such as itchy eyes, red eyes, and swelling of the surface of the eye.
It works by blocking histamine, a substance released by the body during an allergic reaction. It also works by preventing the release of natural chemicals from cells in the body (mast cells) involved in an allergic reaction.
How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended dose of olopatadine 0.1% is 1 to 2 drops in each affected eye twice daily.
The usual recommended dose of olopatadine 0.2% is 1 drop in each affected eye once daily.
Before using the eye drops, wash your hands thoroughly. Follow your doctor or pharmacist's instructions on how to use the eye drops. Do not allow the eye dropper to touch any surface. This could contaminate the dropper and lead to an eye infection. Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are not using it.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL of ophthalmic solution contains 1.11 mg of olopatadine HCl equivalent to 1 mg of olopatadine. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride (as preservative); sodium chloride, dibasic, sodium phosphate dodecahydrate, hydrochloric acid/ sodium hydroxide (adjust pH), and water for injection.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to olopatadine or any ingredients of the medication.
What side effects are possible with this medication?
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at less than 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
- burning or stinging in the eyes
- dry eye
- eyelid margin crusting
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
- symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as skin rash, hives, swelling, or itching
Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?
Contact lenses: If you wear contact lenses, remove them before inserting the drops, and wait 10 minutes before putting your lenses back in. If your eyes become red, take out your lenses and consult your eye doctor.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Olopatadine may pass into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 3 years of age.
What other drugs could interact with this medication?
Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
- stop taking one of the medications,
- change one of the medications to another,
- change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
- leave everything as is.
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