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Elestat Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
- What are the possible side effects of epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
- What is the most important information I should know about epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
- How should I use epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Elestat)?
- What happens if I overdose (Elestat)?
- What should I avoid while using epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
- What other drugs will affect epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
You should not use epinastine ophthalmic if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in the eye, unless you are also using an anti-infective medicine.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether epinastine ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether epinastine ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Epinastine ophthalmic should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old without medical advice.
How should I use epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
This medication is usually used only for a short time until allergy season ends.
Epinastine ophthalmic is usually used twice per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Wash your hands before using eye medication.
To apply the eye drops:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
- Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
- Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
- If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
- Also wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
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