Zerviate is used to relieve eye itching caused by allergies. Do not instill eye drops while wearing contact lenses. Be sure to remove contact lenses before using Zerviate.
Zerviate is a prescription medication used to treat ocular (eye) itching associated with eye allergies in adults and children 2 years of age and older.
Zerviate belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. These work by blocking the release of histamine from certain cells in the body and relieving redness and itchiness.
This medication comes as an eye drop. The recommended dose is one drop in each affected eye twice daily.
Common side effects include eye redness, decreased clearness of vision, and pain during the administration.
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Uses of Zerviate
Zerviate 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.
Zerviate Drug Class
Zerviate is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Zerviate
Serious side effects have been reported with Zerviate. See the “Zerviate Precautions” section.
Common side effects of Zerviate include the following:
- eye redness due to a large amount of blood building up in the eye
- decreased clearness of vision
- pain during the administration
This is not a complete list of Zerviate side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or that do 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.
No drug interactions have been determined by the manufacturer. 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.
Serious side effects have been reported with Zerviate including the following:
- Contamination of eye dropper tip and eye solution. Contamination might cause bacterial infection. To prevent the infection, never touch the eyelids or surrounding areas with the dropper tip. Keep the bottle closed when not in use.
- Zerviate should not be used while wearing contact lenses. Remove contact lenses prior to installation of Zerviate. The preservative in Zerviate, benzalkonium chloride, may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Lenses may be reinserted after 10 minutes following administration of Zerviate.
- Zerviate should not be used to treat contact lens-related irritation.
Do not take Zerviate if you are allergic to Zerviate or to any of its ingredients.
Zerviate Food Interactions
Medications 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 Zerviate, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
Before taking Zerviate, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you are allergic to Zerviate or to any of its ingredients.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Zerviate and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with Zerviate. In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.
Zerviate and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
It is not known if Zerviate crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using Zerviate.
Take Zerviate exactly as prescribed.
Zerviate comes in an eye drop form and is usually used twice daily.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Zerviate at the same time.
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.
The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:
- the condition being treated
- other medical conditions you have
- other medications you are taking
- how you respond to this medication
The recommended dose of Zerviate is one drop in each affected eye twice daily
- Do not touch dropper tip to eyelids or surrounding areas, as this may contaminate the dropper tip and Zerviate solution. Keep the bottle closed when not in use.
- Do not to wear contact lenses if your eyes are red. Zerviate should not be used to treat contact lens-related irritation. Remove contact lenses prior to Zerviate use. Reinsert lenses ten minutes following Zerviate use.
If you use too much Zerviate, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.
Store Zerviate at 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F).
Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.