Olopatadine

Description

Olopatadine is an antihistamine used for the treatment of itching associated with conjunctivitis and as a nasal spray for treating sneezing, itchy nose, or a runny nose caused by allergic rhinitis. Use of this medicine in children under 3 years of age is not recommended.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Olopatadine

  • Perforation of nasal septum
  • Bleeding from nose
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Bitter taste
  • Headache
  • Elevated Creatinine phospokinase
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Trouble sleeping

Uses of Olopatadine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Seasonal allergic rhinitis
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of Olopatadine can be observed within 30 minutes of administration of the dose through the nasal cavity.
  • Duration of effect
    There is no well-established clinical data available regarding the duration of action of this medicine.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol together with Olopatadine increases the risk of drowsiness, dizziness, and difficulty in concentrating. It is advised that you do not consume alcohol or limit its use when being treated with this medicine. Avoid performing activities that need high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if alcohol and this medicine are used together.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is recommended in pregnant women only if necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary, except when used as eye drops which present little or no risk to the nursing infant. Discuss with the doctor all the risks and benefits before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Olopatadine.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is recommended in pregnant women only if necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary, except when used as eye drops which present little or no risk to the nursing infant. Discuss with the doctor all the risks and benefits before using this medicine.
General warnings

Pediatric use

This medicine should not be used in children less than 3 years of age.

Drowsiness

Olopatadine should be used with caution due to the risk of drowsiness. It is advised that you do not perform activities like driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery after taking this medicine.

Using contact lenses

This medicine should not be used while wearing a contact lens since the components of the medicine may discolor the lens.

Alcohol

Do not use alcohol together with Olopatadine due to the increased risk of impaired mental alertness and consciousness.

Missed Dose

If a dose is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the 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 together with Olopatadine increases the risk of drowsiness, dizziness, and difficulty in concentrating. It is advised that you do not consume alcohol or limit its use when being treated with this medicine. Avoid performing activities that need high mental alertness like driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if alcohol and this medicine are used together.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Disulfiram

Alprazolam

Sodium oxybate

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Strictly follow all the instructions on the label and take Olopatadine only as directed. Do not take more than what is prescribed or share this medication with other people. Use this medicine only for the prescribed indications.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Olopatadine blocks the action of certain substances produced by the body which induces allergic reactions.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antihistamines

Schedule

N/A

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https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00768

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http://www.snomedbrowser.com/Codes/Details/372550002

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Information on this page was last updated on 1 Aug 2017

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