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Optivar

Last reviewed on RxList: 6/26/2017
Optivar Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 6/26/2017

Optivar (azelastine hydrochloride) is an antihistamine used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergies (hay fever). Optivar is available in generic form. Common side effects of Optivar include:

  • temporary stinging,
  • burning,
  • itching,
  • irritation, or
  • discomfort of the eyes for a minute or two when applied.

Other side effects of Optivar include:

  • temporary blurred vision,
  • headache,
  • runny nose, or
  • a bitter taste in the mouth.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Optivar including:

  • severe burning, stinging, itching, or eye redness after using this medication;
  • eye pain;
  • trouble breathing; fever, chills, sore throat, or flu symptoms.

The recommended dose of Optivar is one drop instilled into each affected eye twice a day. It is not likely other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on Optivar ophthalmic used in your eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. Optivar should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Optivar (azelastine hydrochloride) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Optivar Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe burning, stinging, itching, or eye redness after using this medication;
  • eye pain;
  • trouble breathing; or
  • fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging
  • mild itching, irritation or discomfort;
  • runny nose;
  • blurred vision (temporary);
  • headache; or
  • a bitter taste in your mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Optivar (Azelastine hydrochloride)

Optivar Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc. at 1-800- 526-3840 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In controlled multiple-dose studies where patients were treated for up to 56 days, the most frequently reported adverse reactions were transient eye burning/stinging (approximately 30%), headaches (approximately 15%) and bitter taste (approximately 10%). The occurrence of these events was generally mild.

The following events were reported in 1–10% of patients: asthma, conjunctivitis, dyspnea, eye pain, fatigue, influenza-like symptoms, pharyngitis, pruritus, rhinitis and temporary blurring. Some of these events were similar to the underlying disease being studied.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Optivar (Azelastine hydrochloride)

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© Optivar Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Optivar Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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