Patanol is a type of medicated eye drop that is applied directly to the eyes to help with the symptoms of allergies. A patient with seasonal allergies can cause a lot of itchiness in the eyes, eye-watering, and redness. This medication is a type of antihistamine that helps reduce the chemicals in the body causing this response.

When a patient comes into contact with a seasonal allergen, chemicals called histamines are released into the body. These histamines are what cause the symptoms of allergies. When Patanol is applied to the eyes, it lowers these histamines and reduces the body’s response to the allergen. They may also be prescribed for other eye issues as directed by your doctor.

Generally, patients have an eye exam before this medication is prescribed. This is to rule out other causes of allergy symptoms and to check for serious eye diseases and conditions. If it’s determined that it’s histamines that are causing the problem, Patanol may be the proper medication to take. It’s generally not prescribed to help with the eye irritation that can come from wearing contacts.

Precautions and Warnings of Patonal

If you have an eye infection, you may not be able to use this medication until it’s cleared up. They also shouldn’t be used when you have contact lenses. The eye drops can be applied before you put contacts in. Then, please wait 10 minutes or longer before putting them in.

The active ingredient in Patanol is olopatadine. Don’t use these eye drops if you are allergic to this ingredient. If you’re allergic to it, you may have wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, hives or itchy skin, or swelling in your mouth or face.

If you have an eye infection, please ensure your doctor knows about it. It’s also important to tell them if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There isn’t much known about the effects it can have during pregnancy or breastfeeding with Patonal eye drops, and you may not want to take it during this time. The medication shouldn’t be used on anyone under two years old.

Check the bottle before using this medication to ensure it’s still sealed and hasn’t been tampered with. If the seal is broken, don’t take the medication. You should also notice its expiration date, and don’t take this medication after that date. After the expiration date has passed, the medication may not work anymore. If this occurs with your package, please let us know immediately.

When you handle the bottle, don’t allow the tip of the dropper to touch anything. It shouldn’t even touch your hands or eyes. Anything that touches the tip of the dropper can cause the bottle to be contaminated. This can mean getting an eye infection. Some infections can lead to eye damage and vision loss. If you notice that the liquid in the bottle has particles or change colors, don’t use it. The bottle is likely contaminated.

Don’t use this medication if you try it and get any of these symptoms from using it:

  • Serious redness
  • Burning
  • Crusting
  • Swelling
  • Drainage
  • Stinging
  • Other irritation

Patanol Side Effects

If you take Patanol Eye Drops and start to feel unwell, let your doctor know. Like all medications, there may be side effects that the doctor needs to know about. Most people don’t have any side effects from it, but they are possible.

It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to this medication, and this can be serious. It’s essential to get emergency care immediately if you get swelling in your face, feet, or hands, have difficulty breathing or wheezing, or get hives. These side effects aren’t familiar, but it’s essential to watch for them in case they happen.

It’s essential not to take Patanol Eye Drops more often than your doctor recommends. If you use it more often, it can make the side effects worse and more likely. Using it too frequently also won’t mean faster relief from the allergy symptoms.

The most common side effects are typically mild and go away after the patient uses the medication for a while. These effects include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dry nose or mouth
  • Weakness
  • Taste changes
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash

Patanol Drug Interactions

For Patanol use, there aren’t any known drug interactions. However, that doesn’t mean your medication won’t react with Patanol. It’s possible for there to be changes in the way your medications work when used with Patanol. If your doctor is recommending that you take Patanol, make sure they know all of the medicines you’re using in case they’ve seen any correlation between Patanol and the other drugs causing problems. Ensure you also tell them about any over-the-counter medications and supplements you take.

Strengths and Dosages of Patanol

While this drug was called Patanol Eye Drops (olopatadine 0.1%) in the U.S., it has been rebranded as an over-the-counter drug called Pataday Twice Daily Relief (olopatadine 0.1%). Your doctor or ophthalmologist may recommend it, or you may take it for your allergy symptoms. In either case, it’s taken twice a day. The dosage is a single drop into each eye affected by allergy symptoms twice daily. There should be at least six to eight hours in between the doses. It’s usually taken for up to 14 weeks.

There are also extra-strength formulations of the drug that have olopatadine 0.7%. This type is usually taken once every 24 hours for up to 14 weeks.

Strengths:Olopatadine 0.1%Olopatadine 0.7%
Dosage:1 drop in each eye twice a day, 6 to 8 hours between doses1 drop in each eye every 24 hours

Cost of Patanol in America

Pataday comes in a twice-daily and a once-daily formulation. The cost of the lower-strength formulation is about $18. The once-daily formulation generally costs about $22. There are also several generics on the market. These run anywhere from $7 to $20, depending on the generic brand and the strength of the drops.

Please feel free to contact us to see if there are any ongoing promotions so you can save even more on your Patanol.

FAQs of Patonol

What does Patanol do?

It’s an antihistamine applied to the eyes to help relieve eye allergy symptoms. It’s fast-acting and is taken daily.

How does Patonol work?

It lowers the amount of histamines the patient’s body releases when it comes into contact with a seasonal allergen like pollen. This reduces the symptoms of allergies in the eyes.

How do you apply Patonal?

First, wash your hands and dry them. Ensure the bottle’s dropper tip doesn’t touch your hands or anything else to avoid contamination. If you have contact lenses in, take them out before you apply the drug. Please wait 10 minutes to put them back in after applying the medication. Tilt back your head and look up. Take the lower eyelid between your fingers and gently pull it down. This makes a pouch where you can drop the eye drops. Place one in each eye. Then, please keep your eyes closed for a minute or two. It helps to press gently on the corners of your eyes with one finger for one to two minutes. Put the cap back onto the dropper to keep it clean.

Is Pataday the same thing as Patanol?

Yes, these are the same drug. Patanol was the prescription version, and Pataday was the OTC version. The 0.1% version is the same formulation as the prescription strength. There is also a more muscular Pataday strength of 0.7%.

Can I take an eye ointment along with this medication?

Yes. If you also have an eye ointment to apply, apply the Pataday first and wait at least five minutes for the medication to have plenty of contact with the eye. After five minutes or more, you can apply the eye ointment.

Do I have to take it at the same time each day?

This is a helpful way to remember to take the medication. It also helps to keep the level of the medication in your eyes steady. However, this isn’t required. You can take the next dose as needed as long as there are at least six to eight hours between doses of the lower strength and 24 hours since the last extra strength dose.

Can I get a generic of this medication?

Yes, many generic brands offer this medication in two different strengths. Many stores have their brand of this medication.

Can I take this medication for an eye infection?

No. This isn’t an antibiotic that would fight a bacterial infection in the eye. It’s an antihistamine that helps prevent eye allergy symptoms. A doctor must prescribe an antibiotic drop if you have an eye infection.

Can I drive after using it?

These eye drops will cause blurry vision for some patients for a few minutes. It would be best to wait until this blurriness clears before driving or operating other heavy machinery.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any specific medication or treatment. Individual health conditions and responses to treatment can vary greatly; therefore, this information should not be seen as a guarantee of safety, suitability, or effectiveness for any particular individual. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment plans.

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