Patanol Eye Drops (Olopatadine) Dosage and Side Effects
PATANOL solution is used for the prevention and treatment of signs and symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. It works in two different ways by reducing and controlling the intensity of the allergic reaction.
Warnings and Precautions
This medicine must not be taken by mouth.
BEFORE you use PATANOL solution talk to your doctor if:
You have any allergies to PATANOL solution or any of its ingredients or components of the container.
If you wear contact lenses:
Do not use the drops while your contact lenses are in your eyes. Wait at least ten minutes after using the eye drops before putting your lenses back into your eyes. A preservative in PATANOL solution (benzalkonium chloride) can affect soft lenses.
Pregnancy or breast-feeding:
If you are pregnant, or might get pregnant, talk to your doctor before you use PATANOL solution. If you are breast-feeding, do not use PATANOL solution; it may get into your milk.
Driving and using machines:
You may find that your vision is blurred for a time just after you use PATANOL solution. Do not drive or use machines until your vision is clear.
A small number of people who use PATANOL solution may get side effects. They can be unpleasant, but most of them disappear rapidly.
You can usually continue using the drops, unless the effects are serious. If you’re worried, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
The most frequent side effect is discomfort in the eye such as burning and stinging. This has been reported by less than one (1) in 100 people.
If you notice any side effects, other than discomfort, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
Interactions with this medication
Proper Use of this medication
The recommended dose is one to two drops in each affected eye twice daily.
Directions for use:
Get the bottle of PATANOL solution ready, along with a mirror, if needed.
Wash your hands.
Take the bottle and twist off the cap, being careful not to touch the dropper tip.
Hold the bottle, pointing it down, between your thumb and middle finger.
Tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Pull down your eyelid with a clean finger, until there is a ‘pocket’ between the eyelid and your eye. The drop will go in there.
Bring the bottle tip close to the eye. Use the mirror if it helps.
Gently press the bottom of the bottle with your forefinger to release one drop at a time. Don’t touch your eye or eyelid, surrounding areas or other surfaces with the dropper. It could infect the drops left in the bottle. Don’t squeeze the bottle: it is designed so that just a gentle press on the bottom is needed.
If you use drops in both eyes, repeat the steps for the other eye.
Put the bottle cap firmly back on immediately after use.
If you get too much in your eyes, rinse it all out with warm water. Don’t put in any more drops until it’s time for your next regular dose.
If you forget to use PATANOL solution, use a single drop as soon as you remember, and then go back to your regular routine. Do not use a double dose to make up for the one missed.
If you are using other eye drops, wait at least five to ten minutes between putting in PATANOL solution and the other drops.