Ophthalmic azelastine is prescribed for alleviating the itchiness associated with allergic conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Azelastine belongs to a group of drugs referred to as antihistamines. Its mechanism involves the inhibition of histamine, a compound within the body responsible for triggering allergic responses.
Uses and Dosage
Ophthalmic azelastine is provided in liquid form as a solution for eye instillation. Typically, it’s administered into the affected eye(s) two times a day. To ensure consistent usage, aim to apply azelastine at approximately the same time daily.
Utilize azelastine precisely as instructed, refraining from exceeding or reducing the dosage, and avoid using it more frequently than what your doctor has prescribed.
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:
- eye burning or stinging
- bitter taste
- eye pain
- blurred vision
- excessive tiredness
- sore throat
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- difficulty breathing
Prior to utilizing azelastine, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any known allergies to it, or if you have any other allergies. This product might contain inert ingredients capable of triggering allergic reactions or other complications.
Before initiating this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist.
Following the application of this medication, there might be a temporary blurring of your vision. Refrain from activities such as driving, operating machinery, or engaging in tasks requiring clear vision until you can do so safely.
In the course of pregnancy, this medication should only be used when clearly essential. Deliberate the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
The passage of this drug into breast milk is not yet determined. Seek advice from your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Optivar is available in the following forms and strengths:
azelastine eye drops:
Is Optivar an antibiotic?
Optivar is an antihistamine that is used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergies (hay fever).
How quickly does Optivar work?
It has one of the fastest onsets of action (15 min with nasal spray and up to 3 min with eye drops) among the currently available rhinitis medications.