Olopatadine (Ophthalmic)

Olopatadine eye drop treatments work to prevent certain inflammatory substances from causing irritation of the eye.

Overview

Olopatadine is a prescribed eye drop that is used in the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis, which is commonly known as pink eye. The treatment works by preventing inflammatory substances that are produced by cells of the eye from having an effect. These substances commonly cause allergic reactions and lead to pink eye, but Olopatadine eye drops prevent this from occurring.

Olopatadine is available as a solution as either: Pataday, Pantaol or Pazeo.

Condition treated

  • Allergic conjunctivitis (pink eye)

Type Of Medicine

  • Anti-inflammatory

Side Effects

In addition to the required anti-inflammatory effects of using Olopatadine, this treatment can also cause other unwanted side effects. While not all of these side effects can occur, when they do you may need to seek medical attention.

You should consult a doctor immediately if you experience these uncommon side effects from the use of Olopatadine:

  • Blurring of the vision
  • New or changed irritation of the eye or eye pain
  • Swelling of the eyelid

Other side effects from using Olopatadine can also occur that do not normally require attention. These side effects are normally mild and abate over time as your body adjusts to the treatment. These side effects can become bothersome or be ongoing, however, and in this case, you can contact your doctor for advice on what to do. These side effects would not normally necessitate that you seek medical attention:

Occurring more commonly:

  • Headaches
  • Runny nose
  • Soreness of the throat
  • Stuffy nose

Occurring less commonly:

  • Back pain
  • Body aches
  • Body pain
  • Burning, stinging, itching, or dryness of the eye
  • Changed taste
  • Chills when warm
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling of having something in the eye
  • General feeling of discomfort
  • General feeling of illness
  • Increased coughing
  • Increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
  • Lack of strength
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of strength
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle pains
  • Nausea
  • Pain or tenderness around the cheekbones
  • Pain or tenderness around the eyes
  • Redness inside eyelid or of the eye
  • Shivering
  • Sneezing
  • Sweating when cool
  • Swollen or tender glands in the neck
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble with swallowing
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Unusual weakness
  • Voice changes
  • Vomiting

Other side effects from use could also occur. If you experience other side effects, you should contact your doctor for advice. If you believe your health to be at immediate risk, however, then you should always contact the emergency services.

Dosage

The dose of this medication will be determined by your ophthalmologist depending on a range of factors. You should not take more medication than prescribed and should not use these eye drops more frequently than prescribed. Doing so will increase the risk of suffering serious side effects.

Do not use this treatment while wearing contact lenses. You should take eye drops out before using and should then wait for 10 minutes before putting them back in. Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red and irritated.

You should use only the medication prescribed and should not change brands. The different brands of this medication work differently and should not be interchanged.

Follow these steps to correctly use the eye drop treatment:

  • Wash hands and face thoroughly with soap.
  • Tip your head backwards and press gently below the lower eyelid. Pull the eyelid down.
  • Place correct dose of medication into the space created and then close eye.
  • Keep the eye closed for 2 minutes and do not blink.
  • Keep the applicator away from the eye and prevent it from coming into contact with any surfaces. Replace the lid as soon as you are able to.

The dose of this medication given to patients will vary for each case and will vary depending on personal medical factors. You should take this medication only as it has been prescribed for you and should not make any changes to this dose unless ordered to. The following information is a guideline only and should not be used to change the dose that you have been prescribed:

When treating allergic conjunctivitis with Patanol:

  • Children aged 3+ and adults should be treated with one drop of solution in the affected eye(s) twice daily. A period of at least 6-8 hours should be left between each treatment.
  • Children below the age of 3 will be given a dose as determined by the doctor.

When treating allergic conjunctivitis with Pataday or Pazeo:

  • Children aged 2+ and adults should use one drop in the affected eye(s) once daily.
  • Children aged younger than 2 should only be treated with this medication as directed by the doctor.

If a dose of this medication is missed then you should take it as soon as possible. If you are close to your next dose being due, however, then you should skip the dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

Interactions

Olopatadine can interact with other medication in the body. Drug interactions can cause severe problems in patients and should always be avoided. In other cases certain drugs can prevent one another from working correctly or may increase the risk of certain side effects occurring. Before beginning treatment with Olopatadine you must inform your doctor of all other medications that you are taking whether they were prescribed or not. This is especially important if you use any of the following treatments:

  • Buprpion
  • Donepezil

Interactions with other medications can also occur. You should not take any other medications with Olopatadine unless you have been directed to by your doctor.

Certain medical conditions can also prohibit the use of certain medications because of interactions between the two. Ensure that your doctor is aware of all medical conditions from which you suffer before you begin use of this treatment.

Warnings

Before using any medication you must consider the benefits in relation to the risks of use. For Olopatadine you must make this decision with your doctor having first ensured that you have considered all of the following factors:

Allergies - You should inform your doctor of any allergic reactions that you have suffered from in the past. Allergies to dyes, preservatives, foods, animals and medications could prohibit the use of this treatment in some cases. If you believe that you are suffering an allergic reaction following use of this treatment then you should seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of this may include tearing of the eye, blurring of vision, swelling of the eye and pain of the eye.

Pediatric - Safety and efficiency has been established for the use in children from the age of 3+ for Patanol and for the age of 2+ for Pataday and Pazeo. Use in children below these ages should be determined by the prescribing doctor.

Geriatric' There are no known limitations to the use of Olopatadine in elderly patients.

Pregnancy' Inform your doctor before beginning use if you are pregnant. There is a limited risk to use when pregnant, but this treatment should only be used when it is clearly necessary to do so.

Breastfeeding' There is no adequate information to determine the risk of use during breastfeeding. Discuss this with your doctor before use of this treatment and ensure that you have weighed the potential risks of doing so against the benefits of continuing to breastfeed. You may be advised to bottle feed for a short period of time during treatment.

During treatment your ophthalmologist may wish to see you or your child regularly so that eye tests may be carried out. This will enable them to check for unwanted side effects and will enable them to ensure the medication is working properly.

If your condition begins to worsen after use or if the condition fails to improve then you should contact your doctor for advice.

This medication is not appropriate for use in treating irritation that has been caused by wearing contact lenses. It should not be used for any condition other than that for which it was prescribed and should be disposed of once your condition has been resolved.

Storage

You should store this medication is a sealed container at room temperature. Keep it away from heat, direct light and moisture at all times. Prevent the medication from freezing.

Keep this medication and all other medications out of the reach of children at all times.

Dispose of unwanted and outdated medication promptly and safely.

Summary

Olopatadine is an eye drop that is used to treat allergic irritation of the eye, which is more commonly known as pink eye. Patients suffering from pink eye can use these eye drops to reduce inflammation and itching.

Olopatadine works by preventing the release of certain substances by the cells in the eye which trigger inflammation and itching.

Olopatadine is either taken daily or twice daily depending on the brand of medication used. It can be used in children aged 2+ in certain cases and is effective in adults and the elderly too.

This treatment is not suitable for the treatment of irritation that has been caused by the wearing of contact lenses. Contact lenses must be removed before administration of the treatment and should not be replaced until 10 minutes after use. You should not use contact lenses if your eyes are red and inflamed.

Patients may need to make regular visits to the ophthalmologist during the use of this treatment.

If patients experience blurring of vision, a worsening of condition or a swelling of the eye or eyelid from use then they should seek immediate medical attention. A wide range of other side effects can also occur from the use of this medication. While they may not necessarily require that you seek medical attention, patients should be alert to the possibility of these side effects occurring so that they can ensure that they know how to react in each case.

You should not let anyone else use your prescription of this medication and should not use it for any conditions other than that which it was prescribed for. You should dispose of this medication as soon as possible once your condition has improved. Dispose of this treatment safely as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.