Patanase is used for reducing common nasal allergy symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and nasal itching. Specifically, it is approved for treating nasal symptoms caused by seasonal allergies. Occasionally, healthcare providers may recommend off-label Patanase uses, such as for treating perennial nasal allergies or vasomotor rhinitis. Patanase is approved for use in adults and children ages six and older.
Patanase® (olopatadine nasal spray) is a prescription medication approved to treat seasonal nasal allergy symptoms in adults and children as young as six years old.
Allergies can either be seasonal or perennial. Seasonal allergies (such as hay fever) occur at specific times of the year, while perennial allergies can occur throughout the year. Allergies can affect various parts of the body, and allergy symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. As you might expect, nasal allergies mostly affect the nose. Nasal allergies are also known as allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of nasal allergies may include:
- A runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itching nose, eyes, ears, or throat.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy shots or medications. Patanase is a particularly useful allergy medicine for treating allergy symptoms that primarily affect the nose. Patanase is approved to treat seasonal nasal allergies but not perennial (year-round) nasal allergies.