Bepotastine ophthalmic is indicated for the treatment of eye itching resulting from allergic conjunctivitis, a condition characterized by ocular itching, swelling, redness, and excessive tearing upon exposure to specific airborne substances. Classified as an antihistamine, bepotastine operates by inhibiting histamine activity and impeding its release within the body. Histamine is a biological compound responsible for instigating allergic reactions.
Uses and Dosage
Bepotastine is available in the form of eye drops, intended for ocular administration. Typically, it is applied twice daily to the affected eye(s).
Adhere to a consistent schedule, administering the bepotastine eye drops at approximately the same times each day. Adhere to the prescribed directions, refraining from using more or less of the medication or increasing the frequency beyond what has been advised by your doctor.
During the application of bepotastine eye drops, exercise caution to prevent the bottle’s tip from making contact with your eye, fingers, or any other surfaces. Coming into contact with external surfaces can introduce bacteria into the eye drops, leading to potential contamination. The use of contaminated eye drops can result in severe ocular damage or vision loss. If you suspect that your eye drops have become contaminated, promptly contact your doctor or pharmacist for further guidance.
To administer the eye drops, the following steps should be followed:
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface, and ensure that it is kept clean.
- Tilt the head back and pull down the lower lid of the eye using the index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper as close to the eye as possible without making contact, and brace the remaining fingers against the face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently to instill a single drop in the pocket created by the lower eyelid while looking upwards.
- Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed for 2-3 minutes while tilting the head down.
- Apply gentle pressure to the tear duct using a finger.
- Use a tissue to wipe off any excess liquid from the face.
- Wash hands to remove any residual medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- altered sense of taste
- eye irritation
- inflammation of the nose or throat
Prior to using bepotastine, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any known allergies to the medication or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can potentially elicit allergic reactions or other complications.
Prior to commencing treatment with this medication, disclose your medical history to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
After applying this medication, there is a possibility of experiencing temporary blurred or unstable vision. Engaging in activities such as driving, operating machinery, or any tasks requiring clear vision should be avoided until you can safely perform them.
In the event of a new eye infection or injury, or if eye surgery is required, consult your doctor regarding whether you should continue using your current bottle of bepotastine eye drops or start with a new bottle.
During pregnancy, the use of this medication should only be considered if absolutely necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
The extent to which this drug passes into breast milk is currently unknown. Consult your doctor before initiating breastfeeding while using this medication.
Form and Strength
Bepreve is available in the following forms and strengths:
Bepreve ophthalmic solution:
Is Bepreve good for red eyes?
Bepreve works well for red eyes that are due to allergies. Bepreve to treat eye irritation caused by contact lenses.
How long does Bepreve take to work?
This medication will start to work to relieve eye allergy symptoms within 10 to 15 minutes of being used.