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Opatanol

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Indications

Opatanol is a pharmaceutical product based on Olopatadine (this substance is present in the solution in a concentration of 0.1%, 1 mg/ml). It belongs to the group of antihistamine drugs as well as to that of anti-allergic agents.
In most cases, Opatanol is indicated for the treatment of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis - an eye inflammation caused by pollen and other airborne allergens that cause the eyes to become red, watery and / or itchy. As part of a combined therapy, along with other medication, this pharmaceutical preparation may be indicated for the treatment of other ocular affections as well. As such, if you are not affected by seasonal allergies and are unsure why you have received a prescription for Opatanol, it is advised to check with your prescribing health care professional to obtain further information.

Contraindications

You should not employ the use of Opatanol if you are allergic to Opatanol, to Olopatadine or to any of its other ingredients. Using Opatanol right before taking a bath or a shower or before going swimming may decrease the effectiveness of the medicine. Do not administer the drops to children of less than 3 years of age. Do not apply this solution while you are wearing contact lenses - it is best that you remove the lenses and only put them back on 10 minutes after you have applied the medicine. This preparation is only available as eye drops. It may not be ingested or otherwise administered.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should discuss the risks and the benefits of the Opatanol therapy with your personal physician.

Intake Guidelines

In order to properly apply the Opatanol, tilt your head backwards and place the tip of the dropper above the eye. With one finger, gently pull the lower eyelid while looking up, in order to create a space between the eyelid and the eye, and drip the recommended number of drops in the space thus created. Repeat the procedure in order to apply the medicine to the other eye. Follow your prescriber's directions regarding the number of daily applications and the duration of the therapy. Do not stop using Opatanol without your physician's consent. If any of the Opatanol application guidelines are unclear or if you have trouble applying the medicine, you should consult a pharmacist, a doctor or a nurse for further indications.

Dosage

The generic Opatanol dosage is of two drops in the affected eye per application, twice per day. This however may vary from one patient to another. If your prescriber tells you to employ a different number of drops per application, a different number of applications per day or if any of his or her directions are different than the above, you should follow his or her instructions as he or she is more familiar with your current health state and medical history and is able to decide upon the appropriate Opatanol treatment plan for you so that the best therapeutic effects will be obtained.

Overdose

At this time, it is not known what the symptoms of an overdose with this medical preparation are. If you apply large quantities of the Opatanol solution for prolonged periods of time, it is very likely that you will develop severe side effects, exacerbations of the regular side effects that may appear. In order to avoid such situations, it is strongly recommended that you only use the Opatanol dosage that your physician has indicated, and do not exceed the recommended daily dosage. Also, do not continue using the medicine after your health care professional has told you to stop.

Missed Dose

In the event that you miss an application of Opatanol and it has not been long since the normal application time, you should apply the drops and continue with your normal program. However, if another application is due soon you are advised to skip the missed dose entirely and use the next doses on time. If at any point you are not sure how you should proceed, contact your personal health care professional as he or she will be able to further direct you. Never use increased doses of Opatanol in order to make up for a missed application, as this may increase your chance of experiencing side effects.

Side Effects

Typically, Opatanol have a very low chance of causing adverse reactions, which is one of the reasons why Opatanol is very common in the treatment of young patients. When side effects do occur, they are generally mild and will disappear after a few days of therapy, as they are generally caused by the organism adjusting to the medicine.
In some cases however, Opatanol may cause a number of more severe side effects. These may include headaches, blurred vision, discharge, gritty eye, swelling of the upper or lower eyelid, itching, dryness, tiredness or photosensitivity. allergic reactions to the medicine are also possible. If any of these occur, it is imperative that you consult your personal physician immediately to try and determine the causes and the appropriate corrective course of action.

Interactions

Opatanol may interact with other pharmaceutical preparations applied in the eyes. As such, it is best that you inform your prescriber of any other such medicines you are using before starting a treatment course with Opatanol. In most cases, he or she will either adjust the medication dosage so that the chance of accidental reactions is reduced to a minimum, or you will need to discontinue the ongoing treatment - or to wait until you finish it before starting to use Opatanol.

Other Brand Names

In some countries Opatanol may also be known as:
- Allelock;
- Opatanol;
- Patanol;

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