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Patanol is also known generically as Olopatadine and is an antihistamine to treat itching and redness caused by allergies.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist to understand how to administer the eye drops. Use the medication in the effected eye(s) twice a day or as prescribed by your doctor.
Avoid contaminating by washing your hands before using the medication. Never let the dropped touch your eye or any surface.
There are preservatives in the medication that can damage your contact lenses. Allow at least 10 minutes after using the eye drops before you wear contact lenses.
For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Patanol. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to a history contact lense use. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Patanol.
After using the eye drops your vision may become blurry. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until your vision is completely restored and you feel it is safe to do so.
Side effects for Patanol are: headache, blurred vision, burning/stinging/redness/dryness/ irritation/itching of the eye, eyelid swelling, a feeling as if something is in your eye, puffy eyelids, stuffy or runny nose, cough, sore throat, weakness, back pain, or unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Patanol?
A: You doctor or pharmacist can help determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if Patanol can be transmitted to the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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