Azelastine (Into the eye)
Ophthalmologic Agent (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Azelastine ophthalmic (eye) solution is used to treat itching of the eye caused by a condition known as allergic conjunctivitis. It works by preventing the effects of certain inflammatory substances, which are produced by cells in your eyes and sometimes cause allergic reactions.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
If you wear soft contact lenses, remove them before you put the drops in your eyes. Wait at least 10 minutes after you use this medicine before you put your contacts back in.
To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Keep the bottle upright and tightly closed when you are not using it.
Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to azelastine.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not put in contact lenses if your eyes are red after you use the medicine.
This medicine may cause your vision to be blurred for a short time. Do not drive or do other things that require you to see well until you know how this medicine affects you.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Increased redness, pain, or discharge in your eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Bitter taste in your mouth
Burning or stinging of your eye when you put the drops in
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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