Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) (oh-loe-pa-TA-deen)
What is Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) used for?
Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) are used to treat the symptoms of allergic reactions of the eyes, such as swelling, itchiness, watering and burning. The active ingredient in these eye drops is an antihistamine. It works by reducing a naturally occurring chemical in the body, known as histamine, which can cause allergy symptoms.
How should I use Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine)?
Patients who are using Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) to treat allergies should use these eye drops by applying them directly to the eyes. You may be directed to apply these drops once or twice per day, depending on how severe your condition is. You should be careful not to contaminate the dropper. Do not touch it or allow it to come into contact with any other surface, and always replace it immediately after use.
What are the side effects of Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine)?
Some commonly reported side effects of Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) include:
The above mentioned side effects require medical attention if they persist or worsen. You should be aware that other more serious side effects may also occur. Consult your physician immediately if you notice drainage or crusting of the eyes.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.