Generic name: Epinastine hydrochlorideBrand names: Elestat
Elestat is an antihistamine prescribed to relieve the itchy eyes caused by an allergic trigger such as pollen or animal dander. It starts to work within 3 to 5 minutes of placing the drops in the eye, and its effects usually last for 8 hours.
Do not use Elestat to treat eye irritation that isn't caused by allergies.
Use Elestat solution only in the eyes; never swallow it. Elestat is packaged in a bottle with a dropper tip. To prevent contamination of the solution, do not touch the dropper tip to any surface, to your eyelids, or to the surrounding area of the eye.
If you wear soft contact lenses and your eyes are not red, wait at least 10 minutes after using Elestat before inserting your lenses. This will prevent them from absorbing the preservative in Elestat. You should not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red.
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 Elestat.
Some of these side effects are similar to the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
This side effects list is not complete. If you have any questions about side effects you should consult your doctor. Report any new or continuing symptoms to your doctor right away.
Do not use Elestat if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. If you take Elestat and an allergic reaction occurs, you will have to stop using it.
If you wear contact lenses, remember that Elestat should not be used to treat eye irritation caused by your lenses.
The safety and effectiveness of Elestat have not been studied in children younger than 3 years old.
No interactions with Elestat have been reported.
The effects of Elestat during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
It is not known whether Elestat appears in breast milk. If Elestat is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop nursing until your treatment is finished.
The recommended dosage is one drop in each affected eye twice a day. You should continue using Elestat until you are no longer exposed to the allergic trigger (for example, until the pollen season is over), even if you do not have itchy eyes.
There is no information on Elestat overdose. However, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.