Elestat Warnings and Precautions
In order to help ensure your safety, warnings and precautions for Elestat should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, let your healthcare provider know before you use Elestat. You should also make sure you know exactly how to use the eye drop, as eye infection could occur if you use it improperly.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Elestat® (epinastine ophthalmic solution) if you:
- Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives
- Are breastfeeding
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Elestat include the following:
- It is unknown if Elestat passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Elestat and Breastfeeding).
- Elestat is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it might be unsafe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Elestat and Pregnancy).
- In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
- If you wear contact lenses, you must remove them to use the drops. In order to prevent the lens from absorbing the preservative in the medication, be sure to wait 10 minutes after using the drops before reinserting the lens. Do not wear your contact lenses if your eye is still red.
- This medication is only for use as an eye drop. It should not be taken by mouth or by injection.