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Olopatadine hydrochloride is an antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer, sold as a prescription eye drop (0.2% solution, trademark Pataday (or Patanol S in some countries), manufactured by Alcon). It is used to treat itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis (eye allergies). Olopatadine hydrochloride 0.1% is sold as trademark Patanol (or Opatanol in some countries).
Additional recommended knowledge
It should not be used to treat irritation caused by contact lenses. The usual dose for trademark Pataday is 1 drop in each affected eye once a day. The usual dose for trademark Patanol is 1 drop in each affected eye 2 times per day, with 6 to 8 hours between doses.
Its side effects may include headaches (7% of occurrence) burning and stinging (5%), dry eye, foreign body sensation, hyperemia, keratitis, lid edema, pruritus, asthenia, cold syndrome, pharyngitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, and taste change.
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