Patanase

1 What is Patanase?

Brand: Patanase

Generic: Olopatadine

Patanase is an antihistamine used for the treatment of the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, such as sneezing, itchy or a runny nose, or itchy eyes.

This drug prevents the release of the histamine and also blocks the effects of it to prevent any allergic symptoms. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Patanase, 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 younger than 6 years of age regarding the correlation of age to the effects of olopatadine have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established.

Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of olopatadine. Adjustments in the dose of the elderly may be required since they are more likely to have age-related liver, kidney, or heart problems.

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. Inform your healthcare professional if you have any other medical problems such as injury to the inside of the nose, nasal ulceration, or nosebleeds.

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3 Proper Usage

To use Patanase properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. This drug must only be used in the nose. Avoid any contact with your eyes or on your skin. Rinse it off immediately with water if it does get in these areas.

The bottle must be primed if you are using the spray for the first time. The bottle must be pumped 5 times or until the spray comes out before it is ready to use. Prime the bottle again by releasing 2 sprays if you did not use the bottle for 7 days or longer.

Blow your nose gently to clear the nostrils before using the spray. After using the spray, wipe the tip of the bottle with a clean tissue and put the cap back on. 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, teenagers, and children 12 years of age and older with hay fever are advised to use 2 sprays in each nostril two times per day.

Children 6 to 11 years of age must apply 1 spray in each nostril two times per day. Use and dose in children younger than 6 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 Patanase, there are some precautions you must take. Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug. The risk of nasal problems may be increased by this drug.

Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have bloody mucus, sores inside the nose, or unexplained nosebleeds while you are using this drug.

This drug will potentiate the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants such as:

  • Antihistamines or drug for hay fever, allergies, or colds
  • sedatives, tranquilizers or sleeping drug
  • prescription pain drug or narcotics
  • a drug for seizures or barbiturates
  • muscle relaxants or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics

Check with your medical health care professional or dentist before taking any of the drugs above while you or your child are using this drug. This drug may cause some people to become dizzy, drowsy, or less alert than they are normal.

If any of these side effects occur, do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or not alert. Check with your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse within a few days.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Patanase. 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:

  • Bladder pain
  • Bloody nose
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Lower back or side pain
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • General feeling of discomfort or illness
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea
  • Runny nose
  • Shivering, sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty with breathing or swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heartbeat, shortness of breath
  • Skin, itching, rash, or redness, swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
  • Unpleasant breath odor
  • Vomiting of blood
  • or symptoms of overdose such as anxiety, deep or fast breathing with dizziness, dry mouth, irregular heartbeats, irritability, nervousness, numbness of the feet, hands, and around the mouth, restlessness, shaking, or sleepiness.

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.

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