Olopatadine belongs to the antihistamine group that naturally reduce the action of Histamine in the body, thereby preventing the allergic reactions caused by Histamine.
Uses of Olopatadine
It is used to treat allergic conjunctivitis such as itching, burning, redness, watering and other eye symptoms. This medicine is mostly used in ophthalmic drops.
Contraindications of Olopatadine
When should one not use Olopatadine
Do not use Olopatadine if you are allergic to it.
Side effects of Olopatadine
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Change in taste
- Dryness of the eye
- Eye pain
- Burning or stinging of eyes
- Blurred vision
- Feeling that something is in your eye
- Head congestion
- Itching, redness in the eye
- Runny nose, sore throat, tearing or weakness
Precautions and Warnings of Olopatadine
Can I take Olopatadine during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, do not use this medicine.
Can I take Olopatadine while breastfeeding?
You should not use Olopatadine if you are breastfeeding, ask your doctor for advice before using this medicine.
Can I drive if I have consumed Olopatadine?
You may find that your vision is blurred for some time just after you use Olopatadine. Do not drive until this has worn off.
Can I consume alcohol with Olopatadine?
Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of Olopatadine, such as dizziness, drowsiness and difficulty concentrating. You should avoid or limit the consumption of alcohol while being treated with Olopatadine.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
You are using contact lense, as you should remove contact lenses before using Olopatadine.
Mode of Action of Olopatadine
How Does It Work?
It works by binding to the H1 receptor and blocks the action of endogenous Histamine, subsequently reduces the allergic reactions caused by Histamine.
Interactions of Olopatadine
Interactions with other medicines
No specific medicine interaction reported with Olopatadine.
Interactions with food items
No food interactions have been reported.
Dietary Restrictions of Olopatadine
No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Olopatadine, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
Dosage of Olopatadine
Overdose of Olopatadine does not produce any life-threatening symptoms. Exaggerated side effects may be seen. Seek emergency medical care immediately.
Missed a Dose
If you miss the usage, put the eye drops as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with the subsequent regular use. Do not use the eye drop twice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Can I stop this medicine when I feel better?
A: Do not stop using this medicine without consulting with your doctor. Take your medicine as per the duration and dose recommended by the doctor.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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