Patanol

Patanol treats ocular itchy eyes associated with eye allergies. Patanol is used twice a day.

Patanol Overview

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Patanol is a prescription medication used to treat ocular (eye) itching associated with eye allergies.

Patanol 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 twice daily.

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

 

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Uses of Patanol

Patanol is a prescription medication 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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Patanol Drug Class

Patanol is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Patanol

Patanol eye drops can cause side effects including:

  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • eye burning or stinging
  • dry eyes
  • 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 Patanol side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Patanol Interactions

No Patanol 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.

Patanol Precautions

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

Patanol Eye Drops

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

The preservative in Patanol, 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 Patanol before inserting contact lenses.

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

Patanol 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 Patanol there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
 

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Before using Patanol, tell your doctor:

  • if you are allergic to Patanol 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.

Patanol and Pregnancy

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

Patanol and Lactation

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

Patanol Usage

Use Patanol 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.

Patanol Dosage

Patanol Eye Drop

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

Patanol Overdose

If you use too much Patanol 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.