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To help minimize risks while using Patanol, warnings and precautions should be discussed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. Patanol is not safe for everyone. For example, tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before using these eyedrops. Also, you may not be able to safely use Patanol if you have certain allergies.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Patanol?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Patanol® (olopatadine ophthalmic solution) if you:
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Patanol Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Patanol include the following:
  • If you wear contact lenses, you must remove them to use the drops. In order to prevent the lens from absorbing the medication, make sure to wait 10 minutes after using Patanol before reinserting the lens. Do not wear your contact lenses if your eye is still red.
  • This medication is only licensed for use as an eyedrop. It should not be taken by mouth or by injection.
  • 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.
  • Patanol 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 Patanol and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if Patanol passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Patanol and Breastfeeding).
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