Generic Name: olopatadine (oh-loe-pa-TA-deen)
Brand Name: Examples include Pataday and Patanol
Olopatadine drops are used for:
Preventing itchy, red, or watery eyes due to allergies (eg, pollen, pollution, dust, animal dander). Olopatadine drops may be used alone or with other allergy medicines.
Olopatadine drops are an antihistamine. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces the eye symptoms of an allergic reaction (eg, itchy, red, watery).
Do NOT use olopatadine drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in olopatadine drops
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using olopatadine drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with olopatadine drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist 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 olopatadine drops. However, no specific interactions with olopatadine drops are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if olopatadine 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 olopatadine drops:
Use olopatadine drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Olopatadine drops are only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
- Do NOT use olopatadine drops in your eyes while you are wearing contact lenses. Soft contact lenses may absorb a chemical in olopatadine drops; check with your doctor to see how long you should wait after using olopatadine drops before putting your contacts back in. Only reinsert your contact lenses if your eyes are not red.
- To use olopatadine 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.
- Olopatadine drops works best when used regularly, before signs and symptoms begin to occur. If your symptoms continue, contact your health care provider. Do not use olopatadine drops for a longer period of time than your health care provider prescribed it for.
- If you miss a dose of olopatadine 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 olopatadine drops.
Important safety information:
- Do not use olopatadine drops to treat contact lens irritation. Redness due to contact lens wear 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 olopatadine drops for future eye problems without first checking with your health care provider.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using olopatadine drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use olopatadine drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of olopatadine 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Blurred vision; burning or stinging; change in taste; dryness of the eye; eye pain; feeling that something is in your eye; head congestion; headache; itching; redness in the eye; runny nose; sore throat; tearing; weakness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
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. Olopatadine drops may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of olopatadine drops:
Store olopatadine drops between 39 and 77 degrees F (4 and 25 degrees C). Keep tightly closed when not using it. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep olopatadine drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about olopatadine drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Olopatadine drops are 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 olopatadine 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 olopatadine drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to olopatadine 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 health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using olopatadine drops.
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.