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Optivar

Optivar

Optivar Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Optivar (azelastine hydrochloride) is used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergies (hay fever). It is an antihistamine. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include temporary stinging or burning of the eyes for a minute or two when applied. Temporary blurred vision, headache, or a bitter taste in the mouth may also occur.

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 breast-feeding.

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.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

Optivar in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

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) »

What is Patient Information Overview?

A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.

Optivar Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may temporarily sting or burn your eyes for a minute or two when applied. Temporary blurred vision, headache, or a bitter taste in your mouth may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: trouble breathing, eye pain.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Optivar (Azelastine hydrochloride)»

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Optivar FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

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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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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