Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) (oh-loe-pa-TA-deen)
What is Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) used for?
Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) is an ophthalmic medicine prescribed to treat patients suffering from dry or inflamed eyes caused by seasonal allergies. It is an antihistamine that operates by reducing immune responses to alleviate the swelling, irritation, and watering associated with this condition. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine)?
Always use Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) according to your physician's directions to get the most effective results from treatment. It is normally administered once daily at a dosage of one drop, but your individual instructions may differ based on your current health and the severity of your symptoms. Wash your hands before each use to remove dirt and contaminants. Shake the bottle gently to mix its contents and observe the solution to make sure it is not cloudy or discolored as this may indicate contamination. Tilt your head back slightly, gently pull down the lower lid of the eye, hold the bottle over the eye, and dispense one drop. Slowly close the eyelid to spread the medicine and keep the eye closed for fifteen seconds so that it may be absorbed. Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch any foreign surfaces as this may lead to contamination. Wash your hands following each administration to prevent the medicine from contacting any areas not being treated or other mucous membranes. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine)?
Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Immediately inform your physician of more serious side effects you encounter that are worrying to you or if you experience signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require emergency medical attention or alterations to your dosage to prevent further complications from occurring.
Always remove your contact lenses before using Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) to prevent unexpected problems that may occur. Do not use the medication if the patient is a child under the age of three, if you have an allergy to olopatadine, or if you have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also disclose if you have chronically dry eyes or a disorder of the cornea. These conditions may cause complications requiring reduced dosages or other changes to your regimen.
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 an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.