Olopatadine is used to treat redness and irritation of the eyes associated with allergic conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membrane covering the white part of the eye).
Use Olopatadine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not administer more or less than instructed by your doctor.
How to use the eye drop solution:
1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drop.
2. Shake the bottle well before applying.
3. Tilt your head slightly backwards and with the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch and look upward.
4. Instill the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid. Blink your eyes a few times to spread the solution over your eyes. Repeat on the other eye if required.
5. Close your eyes and wipe the excess solution with a clean tissue. Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface.
6. Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.
Do not share your eye drops with anyone.
Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to apply your medication, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Inform your doctor if you have dry eyes or any problems with your cornea.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are wearing contact lenses, remove it before applying Olopatadine. Wait for at least 10 minutes before reinserting your lenses.
Olopatadine may cause your vision to be blurred. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to see clearly.
Other side effects include any of the following: headache, signs of eye irritation (e.g. burning, dryness, pain, inflammation of the eyelids, foreign body sensation, itching and redness of the eyes) cough, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience any other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are using any other medicines for your eyes.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or using any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Throw away any remaining eye drops 4 weeks after opening. Mark the date of opening on the eye drop bottle so that you know when the bottle was opened.