Zaditor (Ketotifen Fumarate)
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Zaditor is an eye medication that’s used to treat and prevent eye itching that is caused by a seasonal allergy. The active ingredient in this medication is ketotifen. This is an antihistamine that works to treat symptoms that are caused by conjunctivitis caused by allergens. This antihistamine blocks the histamines that the body releases when it’s exposed to an allergen. It’s the histamines that cause allergic reactions.
Histamines are natural chemicals that can cause a lot of symptoms like itchy eyes, watery eyes, swelling of the eyes, and eye redness. Zaditor is a mast cell stabilizer that reduces the amount of histamines that are released by these cells. This medication is in the form of eye drops that are applied directly into the eyes. They take just a few minutes to start working. Your doctor or ophthalmologist may recommend that you take this medication to reduce the allergic symptoms that are affecting your eyes. It provides temporary relief and can be taken by people aged three and up.
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- Zaditor Precautions and Warnings
- Side Effects Of Zaditor
- Drug Interactions of Zaditor
- How To Use Zaditor
- Zaditor Strengths and Dosages
Zaditor Precautions and Warnings
Once you apply this medication, you might have blurry vision for a little while. This is only a temporary effect. Don’t operate any dangerous machinery such as a vehicle until the blurriness clears and you can operate it safely. This medication shouldn’t be used by anyone under three years old unless the doctor directs that it should be used for the child. If a child uses it, don’t allow them to apply it by themselves. They could accidentally apply far too much of this medication.
If you’re pregnant, only take this medication when it’s needed. It’s unclear how it can affect the unborn. It’s also unknown whether Zaditor is found in breast milk. Talk to your doctor before using it while breastfeeding.
If you have eye irritation from causes other than allergies, such as from wearing your contact lenses, don’t use this medication. It won’t help with eye irritation from contacts or with eye injuries or other problems. If you wear contact lenses, don’t apply this medication while they’re in. Remove them and then apply the medication. After that, wait at least 10 minutes before you put the contacts back in.
Side Effects Of Zaditor
Like other medications, it’s possible to have side effects from using Zaditor. When you use it, it’s possible to have these symptoms:
- Stinging in the eye
- Burning eyes
- Eye irritation
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Tasting a bad taste
- Dry eyes
- Red eyes
If you have these symptoms, you can talk to your doctor about whether or not to continue using it. If you have these symptoms and they get worse, it’s usually best to stop taking the medication.
There are also serious side effects possible. These can include eye pain, eye swelling, and developing vision problems. It’s possible to get a discharge from the eyes or to have changes in your eyelids as well. If you have these side effects, your doctor needs to know right away.
Allergic Reactions to Zaditor
If you have an allergy to ketotifen or any of this medication’s inactive ingredients, don’t take Zaditor. If you aren’t sure about the inactive ingredients, talk to the pharmacist or take the package to your doctor and ask whether you have a problem with any of the ingredients. Before you take it, it’s best to get a recommendation for it from your doctor. Make sure your doctor knows about all your health conditions and all the medications that you’re taking. If you have any eye problems like glaucoma, make sure the doctor knows this before recommending that you take this medication.
It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to this medication, though it’s rare. If you have swelling of your throat, face, or tongue, you may be having a serious reaction to this medication. If you have itching, a rash, trouble breathing, or you have serious dizziness, stop taking the medication and get medical assistance immediately.
Drug Interactions of Zaditor
If there is a drug interaction between Zaditor and other medications that you are taking, it could change the way the medications work. It could also make you at a higher risk of severe side effects. When you take a medication that is applied to the eyes, it generally doesn’t have as many possible drug interactions as many other types of medications. However, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be any interactions.
In general, you shouldn’t take another medication that is meant for the eyes (such as Pazeo or FML Eye Drops) at the same time as you take Zaditor unless you’re directed to by your doctor. If your doctor recommends that you take Zaditor, make sure they know about the other medications you take in case of an interaction. If you take something else that could interact poorly with Zaditor, don’t stop taking the other medication unless your doctor agrees.
If you are taking other medications for allergies, make sure your doctor knows about it. You may also want to talk to your pharmacist about whether another allergy medication can be taken with this one. Also let your doctor or pharmacist know if you use caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, etc., as well as any OTC medications or supplements. Any of these may interact with the medication and cause worse side effects or other problems.
How To Use Zaditor
When you’re ready to take this medication, make sure you read all of the instructions.
- Wash your hands thoroughly. Don’t touch the end of the dropper or allow it to touch anything else.
- Tilt your head backward and look up.
- Pull down your bottom eyelid.
- Drop one drop into each eye into the space left by the lower eyelid. If your doctor recommends a different dosage, apply that many drops.
- Close your eyes for a minute or two.
Don’t rinse off the tip of the applicator. As soon as you’re finished applying it, put the cap back onto the dropper.
Zaditor Strengths and Dosages
The standard dosage is one drop added to each eye twice a day. Generally, you’ll need to keep about eight to 12 hours in between each dose. If your doctor recommends a different dosage, follow their recommendation. There are different bottle sizes that have different amounts of the medication in them. This medication is over the counter, so there are different sizes, including bottles that hold 5 mL and those that hold 10 mL. Many of the packages are 12-hour formulations.
If you are directed by a doctor to take another eye medication along with this one, wait at least five minutes before you add the second one. Make sure not to wear your contacts while you place the drops in your eyes. This medication has a preservative that can stain contacts. If you see that the Zaditor drops have particles in them or have changed color, don’t take them. Store the bottle at room temperature. Never freeze this medication.
What does Zaditor do?
Zaditor is a liquid antihistamine that is applied directly to the eyes to treat eye allergies. It can prevent many of the symptoms that those with seasonal eye allergies get.
Can other medications interact badly with it?
It’s possible for there to be medication interactions, especially if you take another medication that’s applied to the eyes. Talk to your doctor about what you’re taking and whether you should take this medication.
Are there any side effects from taking it?
There are a number of side effects that are possible, and rarely these can be serious. Common side effects include stinging, headaches, and eye irritation. If you have serious side effects that are very bothersome, talk to your doctor.
Can children take Zaditor?
Yes, children who are three years old and older can take this medication if needed. Talk to your child’s pediatrician first before your child tries it. And, apply the drops to your child rather than allowing them to apply them to themselves.
What forms does it come in?
It’s only available in eye drop form. There are different bottle sizes, but the strength of the medication is always the same. One drop into each eye is generally the dosage recommended.
How do I apply it to my eyes?
You lean your head back and pull down your bottom eyelid. You then allow one drop to fall into your eye and let your lower eyelid go back into place. Never touch the end of the dropper or rinse it with water.
Does this medication treat allergy symptoms?
It isn’t a treatment for the symptoms. It instead works to block histamines in order to prevent the symptoms from developing.
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.