Emedastine

Emedastine treats allergy symptoms of the eyes. Wait at least ten minutes after instilling medication before inserting soft contact lenses.

Emedastine Overview

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Emedastine is a prescription medication used to temporarily treat the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Emedastine belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. These work by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.

This medication comes in a solution to be instilled into the eyes and is usually used up to 4 times a day. 

Common side effects of emedastine include headache and burning or stinging in the eye.

Emedastine can also cause blurred vision. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how emedastine affects you.

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Uses of Emedastine

Emedastine is a prescription medication used to temporarily treat the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis refers to when the covering the white of the eye (conjunctiva) becomes swollen or inflamed due to an allergic reaction to pollen, animal dander, mold, or other allergy-causing substances.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Emedastine Brand Names

Emedastine may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Emedastine Drug Class

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Side Effects of Emedastine

Serious side effects have been reported with emedastine. See the "Emedastine Precautions" section.

Common side effects of emedastine include the following:

  • headache
  • burning or stinging in the eye
  • blurred vision
  • dry eye
  • unpleasant taste
  • tearing
  • eye discomfort
  • feeling like something in your eye
  • red eye
  • itchy eye

This is not a complete list of emedastine side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.