Alaway Side Effects
Runny or stuffy nose, eye redness, and headaches are the most common side effects that have been reported with the prescription version of Alaway. While most side effects of Alaway are mild and do not require medical attention, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction or eye infection.
As with any medicine, Alaway® (ketotifen ophthalmic solution) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Alaway. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Alaway side effects with you.)
Although Alaway is a non-prescription eye drop, there was once a prescription version of the same medication (sold under a different name). Since there is much more information available about prescription medications, compared to non-prescription ones, the information in this article was taken from the prescribing information of the prescription version of ketotifen eye drops.
In clinical studies, the most common side effects (occurring in 10 to 25 percent of people) of the prescription version of Alaway included:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Eye redness.
Other reported side effects (all occurring in less than 5 percent of people) included:
- Dilated pupils
- Sun sensitivity of the eyes
- Burning or stinging
- Eye discharge
- Dry eyes
- Eye pain
- Flu-like symptoms (such as a fever or chills)
- Sore throat.
It should be noted that many of these side effects are also symptoms of allergies, and it is possible that they are not really side effects of Alaway at all.