Both prescription and nonprescription ophthalmic olopatadine serve to alleviate the discomfort of itchy eyes resulting from allergic reactions to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair, or pet dander. Belonging to the category of medications known as mast cell stabilizers, olopatadine operates by inhibiting the release of substances responsible for triggering eye itching.
Uses and Dosage
Ophthalmic olopatadine is supplied as a liquid solution for instillation into the eye. For prescription ophthalmic olopatadine, application typically involves placing the solution in the affected eye(s) once daily. The nonprescription ophthalmic olopatadine 0.1% is typically applied to the affected eye(s) twice daily, while nonprescription ophthalmic olopatadine 0.2% is applied once daily.
To facilitate consistent usage of olopatadine, make an effort to apply it at roughly the same time(s) every day.
Ensure that you precisely follow the directed usage of olopatadine. Avoid using more or less of it than instructed, and refrain from increasing the frequency of application beyond 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:
- blurred vision
- eye burning, redness, or stinging
- dry eyes
- taste changes
- abnormal sensation in eye
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- eye pain
- vision changes
- eye itching that worsens or continues for more than 3 days after you begin treatment
Prior to utilizing olopatadine, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have, whether related to olopatadine or other sources. This product might include inactive components that could lead to allergic reactions or other complications.
Before initiating this medication, share your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist.
Subsequent to applying this medication, your vision may experience temporary blurring. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities requiring clear vision until you can do so securely.
During pregnancy, only use this medication if absolutely necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
The passage of this drug into breast milk is not fully understood. Consult your doctor prior to breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Patanol is available in the following forms and strengths:
How long can you use Patanol eye drops?
The usual dose of Patanol Eye Drops is one to two drops in the affected eye(s) twice each day for up to 14 weeks.
How long does it take for Patanol to work?
Eyes treated with Patanol had significantly lower ocular itching scores at 7 minutes.