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Lastacaft Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
- What are the possible side effects of alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
- What is the most important information I should know about alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
- How should I use alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Lastacaft)?
- What happens if I overdose (Lastacaft)?
- What should I avoid while using alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
- What other drugs will affect alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to alcaftadine.
To make sure you can safely usar alcaftadine ophthalmic, tell your doctor about any medical conditions that affect your eyes.
FDA pregnancy category B. Alcaftadine ophthalmic is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether alcaftadine 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.
Alcaftadine ophthalmic should not be used in a child younger than 2 years old.
How should I use alcaftadine ophthalmic (Lastacaft)?
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.
Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Alcaftadine ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using alcaftadine ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.
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.
- 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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