Latest prescription information about Olopatadine. Learn how to pronounce the drug’s name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.

Generic Name : Olopatadine

Pronunciation : oh loe pa ta' deen

Therapeutic Classification : Decongestants

ICD Code : Y55.5

Trade Name(s): 
India- Alerchek Eye Drops, Dynolap Tab, Olo Eye Drops, Olodin Eye Drops, Opat Eye Drops, Pataday Eye Drops, Patanol Eye Drops, Winolap Eye Drops, Winolap N-Spy Nasal Spray, Winolap Tab.
International- Patanol, Pataday, Patanase Nasal Spray.

Why it is prescribed (Indications) : 
This medication is an antihistamine, prescribed for symptoms of allergic pink eye (Allergic conjunctivitis).  It blocks histamine action, which reduces allergy symptoms.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 


Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Dosage & When it is to be taken : 
Adult- This eye drops come in 2 strengths – 0.1% and 0.2%. The 0.1% are administered 2 times a day with a gap of 6 to 8 hours between them. The 0.2% drops are administered once a day.

How it should be taken : 
It comes as eye drops to instill over the affected eyes, twice a day.

Warnings and Precautions : 
*Remove your contact lenses before applying this eye drops and put them back 10 minutes later because this solution contains benzalkonium chloride, which can be absorbed by soft contact lenses.

Side Effects : 
Central nervous System- Weakness, headache, fatigue, somnolence, depression.
Gastrointestinal- Bitter taste, nausea, taste perversion.
Eye- Blurred vision, burning, dry eye, foreign body sensation, increase of blood flow, inflammation of cornea, swelling of eye lid, itching, stinging.
Respiratory- Upper respiratory tract infection, throat pain, cough, inflammation of the nasopharynx.
Miscellaneous- Creatine phosphokinase (CPK) elevation, influenza, elevation of temperature, rash, urinary tract infection, flu syndrome, weight increase, nose bleed, nasal ulceration, postnasal drip, dry mouth, throat irritation, stuffy nose, sinus.

Other Precautions : 
*Avoid using other eye medications not prescribed by your doctor.

Storage Conditions : 
Ophthalmic: Store at 2-25°C. Keep in an airtight container. Keep away from children.