Optivar eye drops are an ophthalmic antihistamine made up of a drug called azelastine. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 0.05%!
Optivar eye drops are used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergic conjunctivitis, a fancy word for allergies or “hay fever”. Allergic reactions are caused by allergens which react with the histamines in the body, which act as a neurotransmitter for the brain, spinal cord, and uterus, associated with the inflammatory response and has a crucial role as a mediator of itching. Allergens are substances that cause allergic reactions, and can include pollen, dust, and pet dander. The histamines in the immune system see allergens as a threat, and act as your bodys “body guard” by trying to eliminate the threat. During this process, you will find yourself sneezing, tearing up, or being itchy.
Optivar eye drops are effective at treating itchy eyes due to its ability to block the actions of histamines that is responsible for the allergy symptoms.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Instructions can usually also be found on the prescription or prescription bottle/container. Do not use more of this medication than your doctor has prescribed.
Ensure you are not wearing contact lenses before applying the eye drops. Wait 10 minutes after applying the eye drops before putting them back in. Store this product at room temperature in an upright position.
Applying the eyes drops
1. Wash your hands
2. Tilt your head back slightly
3. Pull down your lower eyelid to form a pouch/pocket
4. Hold the dropper above the pouch/pocket and squeeze to apply a drop
5. Close your eyes for 1-2 minutes
Do not use Optivar Eye Drops (azelastine)
Those who are under the age of 3 years old should not use this medication; consult your doctor about eye drops that are appropriate for those who are 3 or under.
This medication contains azelastine; do not use these eye drops if you are allergic to azelastine.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
During pregnancy, Optivar eye drops should only be used if the doctor believes it is necessary. If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant; consult your doctor before using this product.
It is not known if this drug passed into breast milk; consult your doctor before breast feeding while using this medication.
After using these eye drops, you may find your vision temporarily blurred. Avoid driving or doing other activities that require your full attention until you clearly understand how this drug affects you.
To ensure this medication is %100 safe for you; tell your doctor about all medical conditions, medications (including over-the-counter, prescription, and herbal supplements) and any other drug allergies you may have.
Common side effects of Optivar Eye Drops (azelastine) may include:
blurred vision (temporary); headache; or a bitter taste in your mouth.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Optivar Eye Drops (azelastine) may include:
severe burning, stinging, itching, or eye redness after using this medication; eye pain; trouble breathing; or fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms.
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
allergic reaction: sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis), itchy, red, or watering eyes (conjunctivitis), wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, a raised itchy, red rash (hives) or swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.
What is the average amount of eye drops used in a single dose for an adult with itchy eyes? For a pediatric patient?
The recommended dose for both adult and pediatric patients is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) twice a day, usually ever 12 hours.
What if I miss a dose?
Use the eye drops as soon as you can, if your next dose is soon, skip the missed dose. Do not use extra eye drops at the next dose to make up for the missed dose; doing so will not help the itch any faster.
What is Allergodil?
Allergodil is another name for Optivar Eye drops. They are made by the same manufacturer; the only difference is in the name. The name is different because sometimes medications have an international name.
Does this medication have any drug interactions?
At this time, the only known drug interaction with azelastine eye drops (Optivar eye drops) is cimetidine. This does not mean other interactions are not possible. Always consult your doctor if you are using other medications.
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