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Patanol

Classification: Allergies
Generic Name: Olopatadine hydrochloride
Typical Brand Names: Patanol

Olopatadine (oh-loe-pa-TA-deen) ophthalmic (eye) solution is used to temporarily prevent itching of the eye caused by a condition known as allergic conjunctivitis. It works by acting on certain cells, called mast cells, to prevent them from releasing substances that cause the allergic reaction.

Just one drop, twice a day. Patanol protects your eyes from the effects of pollen, mold, dust mites, pollution and pet hair.

Product Name Price
Patanol 0.1% - 1 x 5 ml Bottle $135.00
Patanol 0.1% - 3 x 5 ml Bottles $298.05
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Patanol Directions To Use

Patanol should be used only for allergic conditions. It is not a remedy for irritation from contact lenses. Do not use any eyedrop that is discolored or has particles in it. Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye. Apply light pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down your tear duct. When applying the eyedrops, be careful to avoid touching the eyelids with the dropper tip. This could contaminate the solution. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using more than one drop in the same eye, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops.

Patanol is usually applied twice a day with 6 to 8 hours between doses. Follow your doctor's instructions. Do not wear soft contact lenses while the eyes are red. At other times, wait at least ten minutes after applying Patanol before inserting the lenses. The usual dose is 1 drop in each affected eye 2 times a day. Allow 6 to 8 hours between doses.

Patanol Warnings and Side Effects

Do not use Patanol if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in your eye unless you are also receiving proper anti-infective treatment. Patanol is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Patanol will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether Patanol passes into breast milk. Do not use Patanol without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Patanol is not approved by the FDA for use by children younger than 3 years of age.

Serious side effects from Patanol are not likely to occur. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives). Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use Patanol and talk to your doctor if you experience burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, or dryness of the eyes; swollen eyelids; a stuffy or runny nose; headache; or changes in taste. Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

Patanol Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it.

Patanol Storage

Store at 39°F to 86°F (4°C to 30°C).

Patanol Overdose

An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the drops have been ingested (taken by mouth), drink plenty of fluid and call an emergency left for advice.

Patanol More Information

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye. Patanol contains a preservative (benzalkonium chloride), so do not wear contact lenses while applying this medication. Contact lenses can be inserted about 15 minutes after a dose. Avoid other eye drops unless your doctor approves.

Patanol Disclaimer

This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.