Claritin Eye Side Effects

In studies of the active ingredient in Claritin Eye, side effects such as runny nose, headaches, sore throat, and eye pain were reported. However, adverse reactions do not always occur; most people tolerate it quite well. If you develop any potentially serious side effects, such as hives or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Claritin Eye Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Claritin® Eye (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 are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Claritin Eye. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Possible Side Effects of Claritin Eye

Because Claritin Eye is a nonprescription medication, there is very little detailed information about possible side effects. There was once a prescription version of the same medication, sold under a different name. Since there is much more information available about side effects with prescription medications, this article was based on information from the prescription version of ketotifen eye drops.
 
The most commonly reported side effects of the prescription version of ketotifen (occurring in 10 to 25 percent of people) included:
 
  • Eye redness
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Headaches.
     
Other reported side effects (all occurring in less than 5 percent of people) included:
 
  • Itching
  • 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 ketotifen at all.
 
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