Optivar Side Effects

Generic Name: azelastine ophthalmic

Note: This document contains side effect information about azelastine ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Optivar.

Some side effects of Optivar may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

Applies to azelastine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, azelastine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Optivar) 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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking azelastine ophthalmic:

Less common
  • Cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • noisy breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing

Some side effects of azelastine 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
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • headaches
  • temporary eye burning or stinging
Less common
  • Burning, dry or itching eyes
  • blurred vision, temporary
  • chills
  • diarrhea
  • eye discharge or excessive tearing
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • hoarseness or other voice changes
  • itching skin
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • redness, pain, swelling of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • tender, swollen glands in neck
  • trouble in swallowing
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to azelastine ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Ocular side effects including transient eye burning/stinging (30%) have been reported. Other ocular side effects reported in 1% to 10% of patients were conjunctivitis, eye pain, and temporary blurring of vision.

General

General side effects including headache (15%), and bitter taste (10%) have been reported. Other side effects including fatigue and influenza-like symptoms have been reported in 1% to 10% of the patients.

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects including dyspnea, pharyngitis, and rhinitis in 1% to 10% of the patients have been reported.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects including pruritus in 1% to 10% of patients have been reported.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included reports of taste perversion in 10% to 20% of study participants.

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