Ketotifen

Description

Ketotifen, the primary constituent of Ketotifen, is available in the oral as well as ophthalmic dosage forms. The oral forms of this medicine are used for the treatment of allergic rhinitis; they may also be used for the prevention of asthma attacks. The ophthalmic forms of this medicine are used for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis. The oral form of this medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 6 months of age. The ophthalmic form of this medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 3 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Ketotifen

  • Eye irritation
  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Constipation

Uses of Ketotifen

What is it prescribed for?

  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Asthma prophylaxis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    Ophthalmic Forms: The effect of this medicine can be observed within minutes of administration of the dose. Oral Forms: The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    Ophthalmic Forms: The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established. Oral Forms: The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects such as dizziness, headache, drowsiness, etc.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/administering this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/administering this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to ketotifen or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/administering this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/administering this medicine.
General warnings

Driving or Operating Machinery

Use of this medicine may cause symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, etc. in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Seizures

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizure disorders due to the increased risk of recurrent seizures. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of the patient's condition, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Pediatric Use

Ophthalmic Forms: This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 3 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established. Oral Forms: This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 6 months of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Missed Dose

Oral Use: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one. Ophthalmic Use: Administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not instill a double dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects such as dizziness, headache, drowsiness, etc.
Interaction with Medicine

antihistamines

Antidepressants

Anticoagulants

Amphetamine

Oral Antidiabetic Agents

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Oral Use: Take this medicine with food. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Ophthalmic Use: Use this medicine exactly as advised by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by blocking the actions of certain substances in the body that are responsible for causing allergic symptoms.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antihistamines, Ophthalmic antihistamines and decongestants

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00920

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https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a604033.html#storage-conditions

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Information on this page was last updated on 22 Oct 2018

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