Understanding and controlling your respiratory allergies

Alcaftadine drops

Generic Name: alcaftadine (al-KAF-ta-deen)
Brand Name: Lastacaft

Alcaftadine drops is used for:

Preventing itchy eyes due to allergies (eg, pollen, pollution, dust, animal dander).

Alcaftadine drops is an antihistamine. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces the eye symptoms of allergies.

Do NOT use alcaftadine drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in alcaftadine drops

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using alcaftadine drops:

Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you wear contact lenses

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with alcaftadine drops. However, no specific interactions with alcaftadine drops are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if alcaftadine drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use alcaftadine drops:

Use alcaftadine drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Alcaftadine drops is only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • Do NOT use alcaftadine drops in your eyes while you are wearing contact lenses. Soft contact lenses may absorb a chemical in alcaftadine drops. Wait 10 minutes after you use alcaftadine drops before you put your contacts back in. Only put your contact lenses back in if your eyes are not red.
  • To use alcaftadine drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed when not in use.
  • Use alcaftadine drops on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • If you miss a dose of alcaftadine drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use alcaftadine drops.

Important safety information:

  • Do not use alcaftadine drops to treat contact lens irritation. Redness due to wearing contact lenses may not be caused by allergies. Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red. If redness continues, talk to your health care provider.
  • Do not use alcaftadine drops for other eye problems without first checking with your health care provider.
  • Alcaftadine drops should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using alcaftadine drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if alcaftadine drops is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use alcaftadine drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of alcaftadine drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Eye burning, stinging, redness, or itching; headache; runny or stuffy nose.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); new or worsening eye irritation; severe or persistent eye burning, redness, or itching.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Alcaftadine drops may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of alcaftadine drops:

Store alcaftadine drops between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep alcaftadine drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about alcaftadine drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Alcaftadine drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take alcaftadine drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about alcaftadine drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to alcaftadine drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using alcaftadine drops.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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