Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) (oh-loe-pa-TA-deen)
What is Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) used for?
Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) are an ophthalmic anithistamine used to treat inflammatory conditions affecting the eye. The medication prevents the actions of prostaglandins in the body responsible for causing the pain, swelling, and irritation associated with these conditions. This makes it useful for treating hayfever, swelling caused by injuries, or following eye surgery. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine)?
Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) should be used strictly according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one or two daily administrations, but your individual directions will be determined by your health condition, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be administered by gently shaking the bottle to mix its contents, tilting your head back slightly, gently pull down the lower lid of the eye being treated, and dispense one drop into the pouch that is formed. Slowly close the eyelid to spread the medication and keep it closed for thirty seconds to allow the medication to be absorbed. Do not allow the tip to contact any foreign surfaces, including the surface of the eye, as this may cause contamination. Observe the medication prior to each use to make sure the solution is not cloudy or discoloured as this may indicate contamination. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine)?
Some patients using Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are severe pain, intense inflammation, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. Tell your doctor about any unusual symptoms you experience to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your application frequency or dosage to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) should not be used to treat patients who are under the age of three, allergic to olopatadine, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. You are also advised to inform your doctor about any other chronic health conditions you have that may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen. Always remove your contact lenses before using this medication.
Strictly use Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.