1 What is Pataday?

Brand: Pataday, Patanol, Pazeo

Generic: Olopatadine

Pataday is an antihistamine used for the treatment of itching of the eye caused by a condition known as allergic conjunctivitis.

This drug works by preventing the effects of certain inflammatory substances, which are produced by cells in your eyes and sometimes cause allergic reactions. This drug requires a prescription.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Pataday, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. Studies in children have not demonstrated any pediatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of olopatadine eye drops.

The safety and efficacy of olopatadine ophthalmic solution and PatanolВ® have not been established in children younger than 3 years of age, and of Patadayв„ў and Pazeoв„ў have not been established in children younger than 2 years of age.

Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of olopatadine eye drops. Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate.

Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as Bupropion, or Donepezil. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

3 Proper Usage

Proper usage of Pataday requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. Remove your contact lenses before putting the drops in your eyes. It is recommended to wait at least 5 or 10 minutes after using this drug before putting them back in.

Avoid wearing contact lenses if your eyes are red. It is recommended to use the brand of this drug that your healthcare professional prescribed, as different brands may not work the same way.

Wash your hands and tilt your head back and, pressing your finger gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space.

The drug must be dropped into this space. Let go of the eyelid and gently close the eye. Do not blink and keep the eye closed for 1 or 2 minutes to allow the drug to cover the eye.

Repeat the directions with another drop if you think you did not get the drop of the drug into your eye properly. Prevent any form of contact to the applicator tip to any surface and keep the container tightly closed to keep the drug as germ-free as possible.

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults and children 3 years of age and older with itching of the eye caused by allergic conjunctivitis are advised to put one drop (0.1% solution) of PatanolВ® in each affected eye two times a day, at least 6 to 8 hours apart.

Use and dose in children younger than 3 years of age must be determined by your healthcare professional. Adults and children 2 years of age and older are advised to put one drop in each affected eye once a day.

Use and dose in children younger than 2 years of age must be determined by your healthcare professional. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Pataday, there are some precautions you must take. Regular visits should be made to your ophthalmologist to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug.

Check with your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not improve or if your condition becomes worse. This drug is contraindicated for use to irritation caused by contact lenses.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Pataday. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as blurred vision, eye irritation or pain, or swelling of the eyelid.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.