Olopatadine Eye Drop

Olopatadine is used to relieve eye irritation and itch due to allergies.

What is this medication used for

Olopatadine is used to relieve eye irritation and itch due to allergies.

Dosage and How to Use

Patanol: Instil 1 drop into the affected eye(s) 2 times a day or as directed by your doctor.

Pataday: Instil 1 drop into the affected eye(s) once daily or as directed by your doctor.

Follow these steps when administering eye drops.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Open the bottle. Do not touch the tip after opening the bottle.
  3. Lean your head back.
  4. Pull down your lower eyelid with your finger and hold the bottle in your other hand.
  5. Squeeze the bottle so that one drop falls into the eye.
  6. Close your eyes and press the tip of one finger against the corner of the eye for around 1-2 minutes. This will prevent the drop from running through the tear duct into your throat and most of the drop will remain in the eye. Do not blink, rub, wipe or squeeze the eye.
  7. Close the bottle after use.
  8. Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been asked to use the drops in both eyes.

Remove contact lens prior to instillation and reinsert after at least 15 minutes.

In case of concomitant therapy with other topical eye preparations, an interval of 5 minutes should be allowed between successive applications.

Missed a Dose

Use it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and administer the next dose at the usual time. Do not double or increase the dose without your doctor’s advice. If you have missed several doses, please contact your doctor or pharmacist to check what you should do.

Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication

What possible side effects may it cause?

Common side effects include

  • Headache
  • Eye irritation
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning, stinging sensation
  • Foreign body sensation of the eye
  • Change in taste
  • Signs of a common cold
  • Throat irritation

What precautions should I take?

Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, or if you develop an allergy while taking this medicine. The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following: swollen face, eye and/or lips, difficulty in breathing or widespread itchy skin rashes.

Related: Self Care and Self Medication

Handling and Storage

Store at room temperature up to 25 degrees Celsius in a cool, dry place away from moisture, heat and direct sunlight.

Once opened, discard any unused part after 1 month.

Keep this medication out of reach of children.

Additional Information

Class of drugs/Indication/Disease

Anti-allergic eye preparation

Generic name of medication


Associated brand names (if an y)

Patanol®, Pataday®

Dosage form (s) available

Eye drop

Amount of active ingre dient

0.1%, 0.2%

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