What is Olopatadine used for?
Olopatadine is an ophthalmic solution used to treat eye allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, burning eyes, watery eyes, eye inflammation, and eye redness. It belongs to a class of medications called antihistamines. Olopatadine works by blocking histamine, a natural chemical in the body that causes allergy symptoms. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Olopatadine?
Like other medicines, Olopatadine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Olopatadine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Olopatadine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Olopatadine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Olopatadine can cause side effects such as headache, blurred vision, cough, sore throat, and stinging, irritation, or dryness of the eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Olopatadine.
What is the recommended dosage of Olopatadine?
The dosage of Olopatadine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Wash your hands before and after using Olopatadine eye drops. Avoid touching the dropper tip against any surface.
What if you miss a dose of Olopatadine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Olopatadine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Olopatadine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Olopatadine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Olopatadine?
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Olopatadine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Olopatadine?
Is it possible for me to use Olopatadine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Olopatadine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Olopatadine?
How will Olopatadine work in my body?
How should Olopatadine be used?
How to reduce the risk of Olopatadine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Olopatadine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.