Pataday

Pataday treats itchy eyes associated with eye allergies. Pataday is used once a day.

Pataday Overview

Reviewed: December 11, 2012
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Pataday treats ocular (eye) itching associated with eye allergies.

Pataday belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. It works by blocking the release of histamine from certain cells in the body.

This medication comes in the form of an eye drop and is used once a day.

Common side effects of Pataday includes cold-like symptoms and pharyngitis (sore throat).

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Uses of Pataday

Pataday is a prescription eye drop used to treat ocular (eye) itching associated with eye allergies.

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

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Pataday Drug Class

Pataday is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Pataday

Pataday eye drops can cause side effects including:

  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • eye burning or stinging
  • dry eyes
  • sore throat
  • swollen eye lids
  • itching of the eye lids
  • cold-like symptoms
  • pharyngitis (sore throat)

Tell your doctor if any side effect is bothersome or does not go away.

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

Pataday Interactions

No Pataday drug interactions have been identified, however, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all drug interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.

Pataday Precautions

Do not use Pataday if you are allergic to any ingredient in it.

Pataday Eye Drops

Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red. Pataday should not be used to treat contact lens-related irritation, or redness.

The preservative in Pataday, benzalkonium chloride, may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Patients who wear soft contact lenses and whose eyes are not red should wait at least ten minutes after instilling Pataday before inserting contact lenses.

Do not allow dropper tip to contact your eye or any other surface.

Pataday Food Interactions

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Pataday there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
 

Inform MD

Before using Pataday, tell your doctor:

  • if you are allergic to Pataday or any other medicine
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Pataday and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Pataday will harm your unborn baby.

Pataday and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Pataday is excreted in human breast milk or if it will harm your nursing baby.

Pataday Usage

Use Pataday exactly as prescribed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

To instill the eye drops, follow these steps:

  • Wash your hands using soap and water.
  • Make sure the dropper tip is not chipped or cracked.
  • Do not allow dropper tip to contact your eye or any other surface.
  • Tilt your head back, pull down the lower lid of your eye with your index finger to form a pocket.
  • While looking up, gently squeeze the dropper so that a single drop falls into the pocket made by the lower eyelid. Remove your index finger from the lower eyelid.
  • Close your eye for 2 to 3 minutes without blinking or squeezing your eyelids, and tilt your head down as though looking at the floor.
  • Place a finger on the tear duct and apply gentle pressure.
  • Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a tissue.
  • If you are to use more than one drop in the same eye, wait at least 5 minutes before instilling the next drop.
  • Replace and tighten the cap on the dropper bottle. Do not wipe or rinse the dropper tip. Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use.
  • Wash your hands to remove any medication.

Pataday Dosage

Eye Drop

The recommended dose is one drop in each affected eye once per day.

Pataday Overdose

If you use too much Pataday or if someone accidentally takes it by mouth, call your local Poison Control Center or seek emergency medical attention right away.

Other Requirements

Store this medication at temperatures between 39°F and 77°F (4°C-25°C).

Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.