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Patanase Nasal Spray

Generic Name: olopatadine (nasal) (OH loe PA ta deen)
Brand Names: Patanase

Medically reviewed on July 10, 2017

What is Patanase ?

Patanase (olopatadine) is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Patanase nasal spray is used to treat symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal allergies. Patanase is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

Patanase may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

Before using Patanase , tell your doctor if you have any non-allergic conditions affecting the inside of your nose, such as a deviated septum.

Patanase may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of Patanase . Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using this medicine.

Before using Patanase

You should not use Patanase if you are allergic to olopatadine. Before using Patanase , tell your doctor if you have any non-allergic conditions affecting the inside of your nose, such as a deviated septum.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Patanase will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. It is not known whether olopatadine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 6 years old without medical advice.

See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)

How should I use Patanase ?

Use Patanase exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Before using the spray for the first time, you must prime the spray pump. Shake the medicine well and spray 5 test sprays into the air and away from your face. Spray until a fine mist appears.

To use the Patanase spray:

  • Gently blow your nose before using the nasal spray.

  • Insert the spray tip into your nostril, pointing it straight up into your nose. Press your other nostril closed with your finger and keep your head upright. Pump the spray and gently inhale at the same time.

  • Use only the number of sprays prescribed by your doctor.

  • Clean the pump nozzle with a clean, damp tissue and recap it.

  • Prime the spray pump with at least 2 sprays any time it has been longer than 7 days since you last used it.

Try not to sneeze or blow your nose just after using the spray.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Patanase . Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.

What should I avoid?

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of Patanase . Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Patanase side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Patanase nasap spray: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Patanase and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • nosebleed;

  • sores inside your nose;

  • fever; or

  • burning or pain when you urinate.

Less serious Patanase side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;

  • a bitter taste in your mouth;

  • headache;

  • dry mouth, sore throat;

  • cough, sneezing, runny nose, cold symptoms;

  • weight gain; or

  • nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Patanase ?

Before using Patanase , tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by Patanase .

There may be other drugs that can interact with Patanase . Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Patanase only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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