Generic Name: olopatadine (nasal) (OH loe PA ta deen)Brand Names: Patanase
Olopatadine is an antihistamine. It blocks the effects of the chemical histamine in your body.
Olopatadine treats sneezing, itching, runny nose, and other nasal symptoms of allergies.
Olopatadine nasal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before using olopatadine nasal, tell your doctor if you have any non-allergic conditions affecting the inside of your nose, such as a deviated septum.Olopatadine can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of olopatadine nasal.
Talk with your doctor if your allergy symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using olopatadine nasal?You should not use this medication if you are allergic to olopatadine. Before using olopatadine nasal, tell your doctor if you have any non-allergic conditions affecting the inside of your nose, such as a deviated septum. FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether olopatadine nasal is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether olopatadine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use olopatadine nasal without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Olopatadine nasal should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.
Use olopatadine exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use it in larger doses or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
To use the olopatadine nasal spray:
Gently blow your nose before using the nasal spray.
The first time you use a new bottle, prime the unit by pumping 5 sprays into the air, away from your face, until a fine mist appears.
Insert the spray tip into your nostril, pointing it straight up into your nose. Press your other nostril closed with your finger and keep your head upright. Pump the spray and gently inhale at the same time.
Use only the number of sprays prescribed by your doctor.
Clean the pump nozzle with a clean, damp tissue and recap it.
Prime the spray pump with at least 2 sprays any time it has been longer than 7 days since you last used it.
Try not to sneeze or blow your nose just after using the spray.
Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.Store this medication at room temperature in an upright position, away from moisture and heat.
Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, and feeling restless or agitated.
sores inside your nose; or
burning or pain when you urinate.
Less serious side effects may include:
a bitter taste in your mouth;
dry mouth, sore throat;
cough, sneezing, runny nose, cold symptoms;
weight gain; or
nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
There may be other drugs that can interact with olopatadine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.