Olopatadine 2.5 mg

Please note, before you can choose the low cost generic option, please ask your doctor to add the generic drug to your prescription.

Uses of Olopatadine

Olopatadine is used to treat allergic rhinitis, hives (raised red patches on the skin), and itching associated with skin diseases. It also used to treat signs and symptoms of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.

Therapeutic Category

Olopatadine: Antihistamines

How Olopatadine works

Olopatadine works by stabilizing certain inflammatory cells and blocking the H1 receptor, thus blocking the release of histamine, which is responsible to promote inflammatory reactions like allergies.

Common side effects of Olopatadine

  • sleepiness
  • feeling generally unwell
  • dry mouth
  • hypersensitivity (rash, swelling, itching, trouble breathing)
  • stomach pain and discomfort
  • increase in white blood cells
  • hidden blood in stool
  • eye pain, irritation
  • eye dryness
  • abnormal sensation in the eye
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • dry nose
  • changes in taste

When to consult your doctor

Consult your doctor if you experience:

  • signs of liver dysfunction, fulminant hepatitis, jaundice (loss of appetite, yellow skin and white of eyes)
  • In case of accidental overdosage or ingestion

Health Tips for Olopatadine

  • Take Olopatadine exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not exceed the recommended dosage or use it for longer than advised
  • If you are using Olopatadine eye drops, make sure to wash your hands before applying the drops. Tilt your head back, pull down your lower eyelid, and place the prescribed number of drops into the pocket formed by the lower eyelid. Close your eyes gently for a few seconds to allow the medication to spread
  • Avoid the allergens while using olopatadine that trigger your symptoms which may include pollen, pet dander, dust mites or certain foods
  • Store Olopatadine eye drops or nasal spray at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and moisture
  • Inform your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements
  • Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy or breast feeding