Olopatadine Ophthalmic

Reviewed on 3/22/2022

What Is Olopatadine Ophthalmic and How Does It Work?

Olopatadine ophthalmic is a prescription and over-the-counter medicine used to treat eye itching caused by allergic conjunctivitis.

  • Olopatadine ophthalmic is available under the following different brand names: Pataday, Patanol, Pazeo

What Are Dosages of Olopatadine Ophthalmic?

Adult and pediatric dosage

Ophthalmic solution

  • 0.1% (Patanol [OTC])
  • 0.2% (Pataday [OTC])
  • 0.7% (Pazeo)

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Adult dosage

  • 0.1% solution (Patanol): 1 drop twice a day in affected eye(s) at an interval of 6-8 hours
  • 0.2% solution (Pataday): 1 drop in affected eye(s) once daily
  • 0.7% solution (Pazeo): 1 drop in affected eye(s) once daily

Pediatric dosage

  • Children below 2 years (Pataday, Pazeo) or below 3 years (Patanol):
  • Safety and efficacy not established
  • Children above 3 years: 
  • 0.1% solution (Patanol): 1-2 drops twice a day in affected eye(s) at an interval of 6-8 hours
  • 0.2% solution (Pataday): 1 drop in affected eye(s) once daily
  • 0.7% solution (Pazeo): 1 drop in affected eye(s) once daily

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows: 

  • See “Dosages”

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Olopatadine Ophthalmic?

Common side effects of Olopatadine ophthalmic include:

  • headache,
  • asthenia,
  • blurred vision,
  • burning or stinging,
  • foreign body sensation, and
  • hypersensitivity.

Serious side effects of Olopatadine ophthalmic include:

  • eye pain or changes in vision,
  • eye itching that gets worse or lasts longer than 72 hours,
  • severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using the medicine,
  • signs of infection: eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting, or drainage, and 
  • signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Rare side effects of Olopatadine ophthalmic include:

  • none 
This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects or health problems that may occur as a result of the use of this drug. Call your doctor for medical advice about serious side effects or adverse reactions. You may report side effects or health problems to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What Other Drugs Interact with Olopatadine Ophthalmic?

If your medical doctor is using this medicine to treat your pain, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

  • Olopatadine ophthalmic has no noted severe interactions with any other drugs.
  • Olopatadine ophthalmic has no noted serious interactions with any other drugs.
  • Olopatadine ophthalmic has no noted moderate interactions with any other drugs.
  • Olopatadine ophthalmic has no noted minor interactions with any other drugs. 

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Visit the RxList Drug Interaction Checker for any drug interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns.

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What Are Warnings and Precautions for Olopatadine Ophthalmic?

Contraindications

  • Pataday and Pazeo: None
  • Patanol: Known hypersensitivity

Effects of drug abuse

  • None

Short-Term Effects

  • See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Olopatadine ophthalmic?”

Long-Term Effects

  • See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Olopatadine ophthalmic?”

Cautions

  • Do not wear a contact lens if their eye is red
  • Benzalkonium chloride, a preservative in ophthalmic solution, may be absorbed by soft contact lenses
  • For external use only; do not use if solution changes color or becomes cloudy, the patient is sensitive to any ingredient in the product, or to treat contact lens irritation
  • Use caution when using the product; to avoid contamination, do not touch the tip of container to any surface; remove contact lenses before use; wait at least 10 min before reinserting lenses after use
  • Discontinue use and see a healthcare practitioner if eye pain, changes in vision, increased redness of the eye, or itching worsens or lasts for more than 72 hours
  • Keep product out of reach of children; if swallowed, contact Poison Control Center right away

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • There are no adequate and well-controlled studies on pregnant women
  • Lactation
    • Olopatadine has been identified in the milk of nursing rats following oral administration
    • It is unknown whether topical ocular administration could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in the human breast milk
    • Exercise caution when using olopatadine hydrochloride is administered to a nursing mother 
References
Medscape. Olopatadine Ophthalmic.

https://reference.medscape.com/drug/pataday-patanol-olopatadine-ophthalmic-343635#0

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