Generic name: Olopatadine hydrochlorideBrand names: Patanol
Patanol is an antihistamine that relieves the red, itchy eyes often caused by allergies.
Patanol should be used only for allergic conditions. It is not a remedy for irritation from contact lenses.
When applying the eyedrops, be careful to avoid touching the eyelids with the dropper tip. This could contaminate the solution.
Do not wear soft contact lenses while the eyes are red. At other times, wait at least ten minutes after applying Patanol before inserting the lenses.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue using Patanol.
You'll need to avoid Patanol if it causes an allergic reaction.
Use only in the eyes. Patanol should not be taken orally or by injection. Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children under 3.
There is no information on potential interactions.
The effects of Patanol during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, alert your doctor immediately.
Researchers do not know how much of the eyedrops can make their way into breast milk. Be cautious if using Patanol while nursing.
The usual dose is 1 drop in each affected eye 2 times a day. Allow 6 to 8 hours between doses.
There is no information on Patanol overdose. However, excessive use of any medication can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention without delay.