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Zaditor Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
- What are the possible side effects of ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
- How should I use ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zaditor)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zaditor)?
- What should I avoid while using ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
- What other drugs will affect ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ketotifen, or if you have an untreated eye infection. Ketotifen ophthalmic should not be used to treat eye irritation caused by wearing contact lenses.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether ketotifen 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.
Do not use this medication in a child younger than 3 years old without the advice of a doctor.
How should I use ketotifen ophthalmic (Zaditor)?
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying ketotifen ophthalmic. This medication may contain a preservative (benzalkonium chloride) that may cause discoloration of contact lenses.
To apply the eye drops:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye. 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.
Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the 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.
After using the eyedrops, wait at least 10 minutes before putting contact lenses into your eyes.
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 the drops at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
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