PATANOL (Olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) is an antihistamine used to treat ocular (eye) symptoms of allergic conditions, such as inflammation, itching, watering, and burning.

PATANOL is a sterile eye solution that contains Olopatadine, which is an anti-allergic compound that belongs to a class of drugs called (antihistamines), and works by relieve the feeling of itching, redness, tearing or swelling of the eyes caused by Allergic conjunctivitis. Olopatadine blocks the release of histamine(histamine is the compound responsible for allergy symptoms). The usual dose of PATANOL eye drops: 1 drop in each affected eye twice a day.

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PATANOL – the most important information

  • You should not use PATANOL if you are breastfeeding.
  • The contact lenses must be removed before using PATANOL.
  • PATANOL eye drops are not used for children under three years of age because there are no clinical studies on the use of this product in children under three years of age.
  • If you are using other eye drops or eye ointments, leave at least five minutes between each medicine or eye ointment or drops.( separate between each eye product by at least 5 minutes).
  • If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this product.
  • PATANOL eye drops may cause blurred vision for some time,  so after using the drops it is not recommended to drive or operate machinery until this effect is eliminated.
  • The most common possible side effects include: dry eyes, an abnormal sensation in the eye, a feeling of discomfort in the eye, in addition to non-ophthalmic side effects, including: headache, dizziness, sinusitis, bad taste in the mouth.
  • The package should not be used after the expiry date stated on the bottle .The expiration date refers to the last day of that month.
  • PATANOL eye drops must be kept at a temperature not exceeding 30 ° C and after opening at a temperature between 2 to 8 ° C.
  • PATANOL should be used within 30 days from the date of opening.
  • PATANOL eye drops contain benzalkonium chloride: Benzalkonium chloride may cause eye irritation and discolouration of soft contact lenses. Contact lenses must be removed before using the product and wait for at least 15 minutes before using them again.
  • The recommended dose is one drop in one or both (affected) eyes twice a day, morning and evening.

PATANOL – frequently asked questions

For How long can I use PATANOL eye drops? PATANOL Eye Drops are usually given for up to 14 weeks. However, your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how long you need to use PATANOL Eye Drops. Do not use PATANOL Eye Drops longer than your doctor tells you.

Is PATANOL safe for long term use? No adverse reaction was observed, demonstrating the efficacy and tolerability of olopatadine hydrochloride eye drops in the longterm treatment.

Does PATANOL require prescription? PATANOL is now available OTC. The Health regulatory authorities recently approved PATANOL to be available OTC. 

What are the side effects of PATANOL? Headache, blurred vision, burning/stinging/redness/dryness of the eye, eyelid swelling, or a feeling as if something is in your eye may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

How does PATANOL work? It works by blocking histamine, a substance released by the body during an allergic reaction. It also works by preventing the release of natural chemicals from cells in the body (mast cells) involved in an allergic reaction.

Can you go blind from using expired PATANOL eye drops? PATANOL Eye drops usually expire about one to two years after the manufacturing date. However, once your eye drops are opened, you should throw them away after three months of use(opening the bottle), as there is a greater risk of contamination. You should never use eye drops after their expiration date, or after three months of opening the bottle.

Does PATANOL help dry eyes? Yes, PATANOL is a part of the treatment regime for dry eyes , treating eye allergies is important in the dry eyes treatment regime. Olopatadine hydrochloride appears safe for treating mild-to-moderate dry eye in patients with ocular allergies.

How many times a day can I use PATANOL eye drops? 1 drop in the affected eye(s) every 6 to 8 hours, no more than twice per day.


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