Patanol Eye Drops
A healthcare provider may prescribe Patanol® (olopatadine ophthalmic solution) to treat itching caused by eye allergies (known medically as allergic conjunctivitis).
Patanol comes in the form of an eye drop and is typically used in each eye twice a day, with about six to eight hours between doses. Patanol eye drops are part of a class of drugs called antihistamines. These drops work by blocking a specific type of histamine receptor in the body (known as H1 receptors). Because allergic reactions are partly caused by the release of histamine from certain cells in the body, Patanol can help relieve or prevent allergy symptoms.
Although most people have no problems with Patanol, it is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include headaches, blurred vision, and burning or stinging. Before using Patanol eye drops, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.)
(Click Patanol for more information on how these eye drops work to relieve eye allergies. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)