Pataday Warnings and Precautions
There is a lot of information that you should be aware of before using Pataday. Warnings and precautions on how to use the eyedrop safely should be thoroughly reviewed. For example, you should 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 before applying Pataday.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Pataday™ (olopatadine ophthalmic solution) if you:
- Are breastfeeding
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Have any allergies, including allergies to food, 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.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using Pataday include the following:
- 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
- Pataday is only approved for use as an eyedrop. It should not be taken by mouth or by injection.
- It is unknown if Pataday 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 Pataday and Breastfeeding).
- Pataday 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 Pataday and Pregnancy).