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Claritin Eye Side Effects

Generic Name: ketotifen ophthalmic

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

In Summary

Common side effects of Claritin Eye include: conjunctival injection, headache, and rhinitis. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to ketotifen ophthalmic: oral syrup, oral tablet

Other dosage forms:

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by ketotifen ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Claritin Eye). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Severity: Moderate

If any of the following side effects occur while taking ketotifen ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

Less common:
  • Chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
Rare
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • blistering, itching, peeling, or redness of skin
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • clay-colored stools
  • convulsions
  • dark urine
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • dizziness
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities
  • rash
  • sudden loss of consciousness
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellow eyes or skin
Symptoms of overdose:

If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking ketotifen ophthalmic, get emergency help immediately:

  • Blurred vision
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • disorientation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness (severe)
  • faintness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • hyperexcitability
  • loss of consciousness
  • palpitations
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with ketotifen ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common:
  • Weight gain
Less common or rare:
  • Bloody nose
  • drowsiness
  • dryness of mouth
  • excitation
  • increased appetite
  • irritability
  • nervousness
  • swelling of eyelids
  • unexplained nosebleeds

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ketotifen ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Irritation, pain, punctate keratitis, punctate corneal epithelial erosion
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Blurred vision, dry eye, eyelid disorder, conjunctivitis, photophobia, conjunctival hemorrhage
Postmarketing reports: Swelling, eyelid pruritus, edema[Ref]

Ketotifen instillation was associated with mild to moderate burning or stinging in 98% of patients (n=35) in one trial.[Ref]

Nervous system

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Headache, somnolence
Postmarketing reports: Dizziness[Ref]

Respiratory

Postmarketing reports: Exacerbation of asthma[Ref]

General

The most commonly reported adverse effects have included eye irritation, eye pain, punctate keratitis, and punctate corneal epithelial erosion.[Ref]

Dermatologic

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Rash, eczema, urticaria
Postmarketing reports: Contact dermatitis, facial edema, exacerbation of eczema[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dry mouth[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity, allergic reactions
Postmarketing reports: Exacerbation of preexisting allergic conditions[Ref]

References

1. Yanni JM, Stephens DJ, Miller ST, Weimer LK, Graff G, Parnell D, Lang LS, Spellman JM, Brady MT, Gamache DA "The in vitro and in vivo ocular pharmacology of olopatadine (AL- 4943A), an effective anti-allergic/antihistaminic agent." J Ocul Pharmacol Ther 12 (1996): 389-400

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

3. Artal MN, Luna JD, Discepola M "A forced choice comfort study of olopatadine hydrochloride 0.1% versus ketotifen fumarate 0.05%." Acta Ophthalmol Scandinavica 78 (2000): 64-5

4. "Product Information. Zaditor (ketotifen ophthalmic)" Ciba Vision Ophthalmics, Duluth, GA.

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

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