Olopatadine eye drops | Side Effects, Dosage, Uses & More
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Generic Name:

olopatadine, Ophthalmic solution

Generic Name:
Pataday,Patanol,Pazeo

olopatadine, Ophthalmic solution

All Brands

  • Pataday
  • Patanol
  • Pazeo
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Highlights for olopatadine

Ophthalmic solution
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Olopatadine eye drops are used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergies.

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Olopatadine is available as the brand-name drugs Pazeo, Patanol, and Pataday. It’s also available as a generic drug.

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The dosage of olopatadine eye drops depends on the strength used.

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The more common side effects of the eye drops include blurred vision, burning or stinging in the eye, dry eye, a feeling that something is in the eye, or headache.

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If your eyes get itchy while wearing contact lenses, take out the lenses, and then put olopatadine eye drops into your eyes. Wait at least 10 minutes before putting the lenses back in. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Proper use

To prevent contamination, don’t touch your eyelids or other areas around your eyes with the tip of the dropper. Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are finished instilling the eye drops.

Contact lenses

Don’t use this drug to treat irritation caused by contact lenses. This is because a preservative in the solution, benzalkonium chloride, may be absorbed by your contact lenses. If your eyes get itchy while wearing contact lenses, take out the lenses, and then put the eye drops into your eyes. Wait at least 10 minutes before putting the lenses back in.

What is olopatadine?

Olopatadine is a prescription drug. It comes in the form of an ophthalmic solution (eye drops).

Olopatadine is available as the brand-name drugs Pazeo, Patanol, and Pataday. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in all strengths or form as the brand-name version. 

Olopatadine may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

Why it's used

Olopatadine ophthalmic drops are used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergies.

How it works

Olopatadine belongs to a class of drugs called mast cell stabilizers.

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How it works

Olopatadine belongs to a class of drugs called mast cell stabilizers. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Olopatadine stops mast cells from breaking down and releasing substances called histamines and leukotrienes. These substances cause your body to have an allergic reaction. This reaction can cause symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes.

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olopatadine Side Effects

Ophthalmic solution

More Common Side Effects

The more common side effects that can occur with use of olopatadine include:

  • blurred vision

  • burning or stinging in the eye(s)

  • dry eye(s)

  • abnormal sensation in the eye(s)

  • headache

  • changes in the way food tastes

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • eye pain or itching

  • severe irritation in the eye

  • change in eyesight

Pharmacist's Advice
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

This drug doesn't cause drowsiness.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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olopatadine May Interact with Other Medications

Ophthalmic solution

An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well. To help prevent interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking.

To find out how olopatadine might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
Drug warnings
Pregnant women
Pregnant women

This drug is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:

  1. Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
  2. There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.

Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug should only be used if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Women who are breast-feeding
Women who are breast-feeding

This drug may pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in a child who is breast-fed.

Talk to your doctor if you breast-feed your child. You may need to decide whether to stop breast-feeding or stop taking this medication.

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When to call the doctor

Call your doctor if:

  • Your allergy symptoms are not controlled after using this drug.
  • You become pregnant while using this drug.
allergies
Allergies

This drug can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:

  • trouble breathing
  • swelling of your throat or tongue

If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it. Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).

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How to Take olopatadine (Dosage)

Ophthalmic solution

All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

What are you taking this medication for?

Itchy eyes from allergies

Brand: Pazeo

Form: Ophthalmic solution
Strengths: 0.7%

Brand: Patanol

Form: Ophthalmic solution
Strengths: 0.1%

Brand: Pataday

Form: Ophthalmic solution
Strengths: 0.1% and 0.2%
Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)
  • Pazeo (0.7%) and Pataday (0.2%):
    • Typical dosage: One drop in each affected eye, once per day.
  • Patanol (0.1%):
    • Typical dosage: One drop in each affected eye, two times per day. Wait about 6–8 hours between doses.

Patanol (0.1%):

Child dosage (ages 3–17 years)
  • Typical dosage: One drop in each affected eye, two times per day. Wait about 6–8 hours between doses.
Child dosage (ages 0–2 years)
  • It has not been confirmed that Patanol is safe and effective for use in children younger than 3 years of age.

Pazeo (0.7%) and Pataday (0.2%):

Child dosage (ages 2–17 years)
  • Typical dosage: One drop in each affected eye, once per day.
Child dosage (ages 0–1 years)
  • It has not been confirmed that Pazeo and Pataday are safe and effective for use in children younger than 2 years of age.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Pharmacist's Advice
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

This drug comes with risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.

If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all

Your itchy eyes caused by allergies may get worse.

If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule

Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely.

If you take too much

Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include increased side effects such as:

  • headache
  • eye irritation
  • dry eyes
  • feeling that something is in the eye
  • change in the way things taste

If you think you’ve taken too much of this drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. 

What to do if you miss a dose

Take your dose as soon as you remember. But if you remember just a few hours before your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once.

How to tell if the drug is working

Your itchy eyes should improve.

This drug is used for short-term treatment.

Important considerations for taking this drug
timing
Take this drug at the time(s) recommended by your doctor
storage
Store this drug at room temperature
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refillable
A prescription for this medication is refillable
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Travel
Travel
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self-management
Self-management
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not usually stocked
Not every pharmacy stocks this drug. When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead.
insurance
Insurance
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Store this drug at room temperature

  • Keep it at a temperature between 36°F and 77°F (2°C and 25°C).
  • Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are finished instilling the eye drops.

A prescription for this medication is refillable

You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.

Travel

When traveling with your medication:

  • Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag.
  • Don’t worry about airport x-ray machines. They can’t hurt your medication.
  • You may need to show airport staff the pharmacy label for your medication. Always carry the original prescription-labeled box with you.
  • Don’t put this medication in your car’s glove compartment or leave it in the car. Be sure to avoid doing this when the weather is very hot or very cold.

Self-management

Your pharmacist can show you how to correctly instill the eye drops. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Wash your hands before using the medication. 
  • To prevent contamination, don’t touch your eyelids or other areas around your eyes with the tip of the dropper. Keep the bottle tightly closed when you’re finished instilling the eye drops.
  • Don’t use this medication if the solution has changed color.
  • If you wear contact lenses, be sure to remove your contacts before putting the drops into your eyes. Then wait at least 10 minutes before putting your contact lenses back in.

Insurance

Many insurance companies require a prior authorization for this drug. This means your doctor may need to get approval from your insurance company before your insurance company will pay for the prescription.

Are there any alternatives?

There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be better suited for you than others. Talk to your doctor about other drug options that may work for you.

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Ophthalmic solution

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Content developed in collaboration with University of Illinois-Chicago, Drug Information Group

Medically reviewed by Creighton University, Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice on January 21, 2016

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.
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