Alaway is a medication that is used for relieving eye itching related to allergies. Specifically, it is licensed to treat eye allergies due to pollen, ragweed, or animal hair and dander. It comes in the form of an eye drop and belongs to a class of drugs known as antihistamines. Although certain medications are also sometimes used for "off-label" purposes, there are currently no universally accepted off-label uses for Alaway.
Alaway® (ketotifen ophthalmic solution) is an eye medication used for treating eye allergy symptoms. In particular, it is approved for treating eye itching related to allergies due to pollen, ragweed, or animal hair and dander. It belongs to a group of medications known as antihistamines. Alaway is available over the counter (without a prescription).
Eye allergies are known medically as allergic conjunctivitis because the allergic reaction occurs in the conjunctiva (the thin layer that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid). Eye allergy symptoms may include:
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Red or pink eyes
- Burning or stinging of the eyes
- Puffy, swollen eyelids.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy eye drops, such as Alaway. Unlike with most over-the-counter eye drops (which contain a decongestant), you can use Alaway long-term without the risk of actually making the redness and swelling worse after you stop the medication (since Alaway does not contain a decongestant).
Alaway should not be used to treat eye irritation due to contact lenses, as it is not effective for this use.