Patanol is the brand name for the prescription medication olopatadine ophthalmic, which is administered as eye drops. Patanol is an antihistamine, which inhibits the production and release of histamines. Histamines cause allergic reactions in the body after coming in contact with allergens. Patanol treats allergy symptoms of the eyes, such as inflammation, itching, burning and watering. Patanol can be used for other conditions that are not described here.
Follow your doctor’s instructions precisely for using Patanol. Do not touch the dropper to any surface, even the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile and if it is contaminated and eye infection can occur. When administering Patanol, lightly squeeze the corners of your eyes against the nose so that the medication does not drain from the eye via the tear duct.
Do not use Patanol if you have an eye infection, regardless of the source, viral, bacterial or fungal. Get proper treatment for the infection before beginning Patanol.
The US FDA categorizes drugs based on safety for pregnant women. Patanol is categorized as C. This indicates that this drug may or may not cause harm to an unborn child, but you should discuss all risk factors with your doctor before taking this medication if you are expecting. It is not known if Patanol can pass through breast milk to an infant. Do not take Patanol if you are nursing until you discuss the safety with the pediatrician and your physician first. Patanol is not approved for children under the age of three.
Patanol should be used precisely as instructed by your physician. If you are unsure of the instructions ask your doctor or your pharmacist to clarify them. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after using the eye drops. When using the eye drops, tilt your head back and pull your lower lid down. Place the dropper above the eye, do not touch the eye. Look away and up from the dropper to prevent your reflexes from reacting to the drops. Squeeze out one drop into the eye. Close your eyes and apply slight pressure to the inner eye (tear duct) to keep the medicine from draining away from the eye. Apply the light pressure for a bout a minute. If more than one drop is prescribed, wait five minutes between drops. This medicine is typically applied twice a day. If the dropper becomes discolored or appears to have particles in it, do not use it. Store Patanol away from heat and moisture, keeping the bottle capped tightly.
If you miss a dose, apply the dose as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next scheduled dose, do not double up. Skip the missed dose and apply the regularly schedule dose as prescribed. An overdose is unlikely to occur. If the medication has been ingested drink plenty of fluid and contact poison control for more information.
Patanol contains a preservative. Do not use contacts when applying the medication. Contacts can be used fifteen minutes after using the drops. Be sure to remove contacts for the next scheduled dose. Do not use other eye drops, unless approved by you physician, while using Patanol.
Serious side effects are not likely to occur with this drug. A severe reaction can indicate an allergy to this drug which may be life-threatening, seek emergency medical intervention. Allergic reaction presents as shortness of breath, hives, swelling of lips, throat, face or tongue, fainting or rash.
Other side effects which may occur, but are not serious are swollen eyelids, change in tasting ability, headache, runny or stuffy nose. Other eye medication should be avoided, unless approved by your physician. Other drugs may interact with Patanol, make sure your physician is aware of any other drugs that you are taking before taking Patanol. Before taking a new medication, whether herbal, overt-the-counter or prescribed, make sure your doctor knows you are using Patanol.
As always, if you need more information, contact your physician or pharmacist regarding this medication.
PATANOL (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) 0.1% is a sterile ophthalmic solution containing olopatadine, a relatively selective H1 -receptor antagonist and inhibitor of histamine release from the mast cell for topical administration to the eyes. Olopatadine hydrochloride is a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder with a molecular weight of 373.88. Each mL of PATANOL contains: Active: 1.11 mg olopatadine hydrochloride equivalent to 1 mg olopatadine. Preservative: benzalkonium chloride 0.01%. Inactives: dibasic sodium phosphate; sodium chloride; hydrochloric acid/sodium hydroxide (adjust pH); and purified water. It has a pH of approximately 7 and an osmolality of approximately 300 mOsm/kg.
Generic name: Olopatadine ophthalmic
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