Patanol is used to treat the symptoms of allergic pink eye. Patanol is in a class of medications called antihistamines. It works by blocking histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.
Patanol comes as a solution (liquid) to instill in the eye. It is usually instilled in the affected eye(s) twice a day, around 6 to 8 hours apart. To help you remember to use Patanol, use it around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use Patanol exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Patanol (olopatadine) is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of itching or watery eyes. Patanol eye drops are used to treat itching, burning, redness, watering, and other eye symptoms caused by allergic conditions.
Before using Patanol, tell your doctor if you have any type of infection in your eye.
Do not use Patanol while you are wearing contact lenses. The eyes drops may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 10 minutes after using Patanol before putting your contact lenses in.
Avoid wearing contact lenses while your eyes are red or irritated.
Do not allow the Patanol dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Stop using Patanol and call your doctor at once if you have severe redness, swelling, burning, stinging, drainage, crusting, or other irritation when using the eye drops.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
Do not touch the tip of the Patanol eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
Store Patanol eye drops at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Usual Adult Dose of Patanol for Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis:
Ophthalmic solution 0.1%: Instill one drop in each affected eye two times a day at a 6 to 8 hour interval.
Ophthalmic solution 0.2%: Instill one drop in each affected eye once a day.
Usual Pediatric Dose of Patanol for Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis:
2 years or younger: Safety and effectiveness have not been established.
3 to 18 years:
Ophthalmic 0.1% solution: Instill one drop in each affected eye two times a day at a 6 to 8 hour interval.
Ophthalmic 0.2% solution: Instill one drop in each affected eye once a day.
Before using olopatadine eye drops:
Common Patanol side effects may include:
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