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What is Elestat Eye Drops (Epinastine) prescribed for?
Elestat is an antihistamine, which is used as a treatment against allergy symptoms in the eyes. Common eye allergies affect the clear layer of skin that covers the front of your eyes, and the inside of your eye lids. This is also the same type of skin that lines the inside of your nose; therefore the same things can trigger an allergic reaction in both areas. And the common triggers include; pollen, weeds, grass, dust and pet dander. This medication is used to put a stop to the symptoms caused by these triggers, which is itchy eyes.
To apply the eye drops, it is best to wash your hands first. To avoid any contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. Do not wear any contact lenses while taking this medication.
Tilt your head back and look upward and pull down the lower eyelid to create a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place the prescribed amount of drops into the eye. Then look downward and gently close your eyes for about 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger over your eye and gently apply a little bit of pressure. Doing so will prevent the mediation from draining out. Do your best not to blink and do not rub your eye.
Do not rinse the dropper; replace the dropper cap after each use. If you wear contact lenses, make sure to remove them before applying this medication, and once finished wait for 15 minutes before replacing them.
If you are taking any other eye medications along with this medication, wait at least 10 minutes before applying the other medications.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Epinastine, or to any other medications or allergies in general. Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform them you have had the following; contact lens use, other eye problems.
Your vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this drug. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Burning, redness, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication
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