Generic Name: Emedastine Difumarate
Class: Antiallergic Agents
ATC Class: S03AA07
VA Class: OP900
Chemical Name: 1-(2-Ethoxyethyl)-2-(hexahydro-4-methyl-1H-1,4-diazepin-1-yl)benzimidazole fumerate (1:2)
Molecular Formula: C17H26N4O•2C4H4O4
CAS Number: 87233-62-3
Uses for Emadine
Symptomatic relief of allergic conjunctivitis.1
Emadine Dosage and Administration
Remove soft contact lenses prior to administration of each dose (since benzalkonium chloride preservative may be absorbed by the lenses); may reinsert lenses 10 minutes after administration if eyes are not red.1
If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is used, administer the drugs at least 5 minutes apart.12
Avoid contamination of the solution container.1
Do not use if solution is discolored.1
Available as emedastine difumarate; dosage expressed in terms of emedastine.1
Children ≥3 years of age: 1 drop of a 0.05% solution in the affected eye(s) up to 4 times daily.1
1 drop of a 0.05% solution in the affected eye(s) up to 4 times daily.1
Cautions for Emadine
Known hypersensitivity to emedastine or any ingredient in the formulation.1
Safety and efficacy not established in children <3 years of age.1
Adverse effect profile in children 3–16 years of age is similar to that in individuals ≥17 years of age.14
No substantial differences in safety and efficacy relative to younger adults.1
Common Adverse Effects
Interactions for Emadine
No formal drug interaction studies to date.12
44% of an oral dose is recovered in urine within 24 hours.1
3–4 hours following oral administration.1
Tightly closed bottle at 4–30°C.1
Advice to Patients
Importance of removing soft contact lenses prior to administration of each dose.1 Delay reinsertion for 10 minutes after administration if eyes are not red; do not wear contact lenses if eye(s) are red.1 Not indicated for contact lens-related irritation.1
Importance of administering different topical ophthalmic preparations at least 5 minutes apart.1
Importance of women informing clinicians if they are or plan to become pregnant or plan to breast-feed.1
Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs as well as any concomitant illnesses.
Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information.1 (See Cautions.)
Excipients in commercially available drug preparations may have clinically important effects in some individuals; consult specific product labeling for details.
Please refer to the ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center for information on shortages of one or more of these preparations.
0.05% (of emedastine)
Emadine (with benzalkonium chloride)
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Date published: May 01, 2004
Last reviewed: July 01, 2005
Date modified: February 08, 2016
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12. Alcon Laboratories; Fort Worth, TX: Personal communication.
13. Reviewers’ comments (personal observations).
14. Alcon Laboratories. Emadine (emedastine difumarate) ophthalmic solution 0.05% product monograph. Fort Worth, TX: (not dated).
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