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OLOPATADINE 1MG/ML EYE DROPS SOLUTION

Active substance(s): OLOPATADINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Package leaflet: Information for the user

Olopatadine 1mg/ml eye drops, solution
Olopatadine
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1.
What Olopatadine is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you take Olopatadine
3.
How to take Olopatadine
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Olopatadine
6.
Contents of the pack and other information

1.

What Olapatadine is and what it is used for

Olopatadine is used for the treatment of signs and symptoms of seasonal allergic
conjunctivitis.
Allergic conjunctivitis: Some materials (allergens) like pollens, house dust or animal fur
may cause allergic reactions resulting in itching, redness, as well as swelling of the surface
of your eye.
Olopatadine is a medicine for treatment of allergic conditions of the eye. It works by
reducing the intensity of the allergic reaction.
2.

What you need to know before you take Olopatadine

Do not use Olopatadine:
• If you are allergic to olopatadine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
(listed in section 6).
• In children under the age of 3 years.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Olopatadine

You should remove contact lenses that are in your eyes before using Olopatadine.
.
Other medicines and Olopatadine
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other

medicines.
If you are using other eye drops or eye ointment medicines, leave at least 5 minutes between
each medicine. Eye ointments should be administered last.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have
a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advise before using this medicine. You should
not use OPATANOL if you are breast-feeding, ask your doctor for advise before using
this medicine.
Driving and using machines
You may find that your vision is blurred for a time just after you use Olopatadine. Do not
drive or use machines until this has worn off.
Olopatadine contains benzalkonium chloride

Benzalkonium chloride may cause eye irritation and is known to discolour soft contact
lenses, therefore contact with soft contact lenses should be avoided. If you wear contact
lens you should remove contact lenses prior to application and wait at least 15 minutes
before putting your lenses back in.
3.
How to take Olopatadine
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is one drop in the eye or eyes, twice a day – morning and evening.
Use this much unless your doctor tells you to do differently. Only use Olopatadine in both
eyes if your doctor told you to. Use it for as long as your doctor told you to. Only use
Olopatadine as an eye drop.

Instructions on using Olopatadine
• Get the Olopatadine bottle and a mirror.
• Wash your hands.
• Take the bottle and twist off the cap.
• Hold the bottle, pointing down, between your thumb and middle finger.
• Tilt your head back. Pull down your eyelid with a clean finger, until there is a ‘pocket
between the eyelid and your eye. The drop will go in here.






Bring the bottle top close to the eye. Use the mirror if it helps.
Don’t touch your eye or eyelid, surrounding areas or other surfaces with the dropper.
It could infect the drops left in the bottle.
Gently press on the base of the bottle to release one drop of Olopatadine at a time.



Don’t squeeze the bottle, it is designed so that just a gentle press on the bottom is
needed.






If you use drops in both eyes, repeat the steps for your other eye.
Put the bottle cap back on firmly immediately after use.
Use up one bottle before opening the next bottle.
If a drop misses your eye, try again.

If you take more Olopatadine than you should
Rinse it all out with warm water. Don’t put in any more drops until it’s time for your next
regular dose.
If you forget to take Olopatadine
Use a single drop as soon as you remember, and then go back to your regular routine. Do
not use a double dose to make up for the one missed.

If you stop using Olopatadine
Do not stop using this medicine without first speaking to your doctor. If you have any
further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. They
are usually mild to moderate.

Common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people))
eye pain or swelling, eye irritation, dry eye, abnormal eye sensation, eye discomfort.
General side effects: headache, fatigue, dry nose, bad taste.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Effects in the eye: blurred, reduced, or abnormal vision, corneal disorder, eye surface
inflammation with or without surface damage, inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, eye
discharge, sensitivity to light, increased tear production, itchy eye, redness of the eye, eyelid
abnormality, itching, redness, swelling, or crusting of the eyelid.
General side effects: abnormal or decreased sensation, dizziness, runny nose, dry skin, skin
inflammation,
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
Effects in the eye: eye swelling, corneal swelling, change in pupil size
General side effects : shortness of breath, increased allergic symptoms, facial swelling,
drowsiness, generalized weakness, nausea, vomiting, sinus infection, skin redness and itching.
In very rare cases, some patients with severe damage to the clear layer at the front of the eye (the
cornea) have developed cloudy patches on the cornea due to calcium build-up during treatment

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5.

How to store Olopatadine

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label (EXP). The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
You must throw away the bottle four weeks after you first opened it, to prevent infections,
and use a new bottle. Write down the date you opened it in the space on each bottle label
and box.
Do not use this medicine if you notice a change in colour or smell.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the
environment.
6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Olopatadine contains
The active substance is olopatadine 1mg/ml (as hydrochloride)
The other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride, hydrochloride acid (E507) (for pH
adjustment), disodium phosphate dodecahydrate (E339); sodium chloride, sodium
hydroxide; water for injections.
What Olopatadine looks like and contents of the pack
Clear to almost clear colourless solution, practically free from particles.
5 ml opaque low density polyethylene (LDPE) bottle with LDPE dropper and high density
polyethylene (HDPE) tamper-proof screw-cap.
Pack sizes:
1 x 5 ml (1 bottle, which contains 5 ml of solution).

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer:
Actrevo GmbH
Neuer Wall 54
20354 Hamburg
Germany
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
names:
UK: Olopatadine 1mg/ml eye drops, solution
Es: Olopatadina Pharmamatch 1mg/ml colirio en solución
This leaflet was last revised

Detailed information on this medicine is available on the web site of www.mhra.gov.uk

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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