Emadine Side Effects

Generic Name: emedastine ophthalmic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of emedastine ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Emadine.

Not all side effects for Emadine may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to emedastine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, emedastine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Emadine) 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 as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking emedastine ophthalmic:

Less common
  • Abnormal dreams
  • blurred vision or other change in vision
  • eye redness, irritation, or pain
  • tearing, discomfort, or other eye irritation not present before therapy or becoming worse during therapy
  • weakness

Some side effects of emedastine ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Headache
Less common
  • Bad taste
  • burning or stinging of the eye
  • dry eye
  • feeling of something in the eye
  • itching
  • skin rash
  • stuffy or runny nose

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to emedastine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution


Ocular side effects have included blurred vision, burning or stinging of the eye, corneal infiltrates, corneal staining, dry eye, foreign body sensation, hyperemia, ocular discomfort, tearing, and keratitis in less than 5% of patients.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache (11%), asthenia (<5%), and abnormal dreams (<5%).


Respiratory side effects have included rhinitis (<5%) and sinusitis (<5%).


Other side effects have included bad taste (<5%).


Dermatologic side effects have included pruritus and dermatitis in less than 5% of patients.

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