Patanase Warnings and Precautions
Before using Patanase, warnings and precautions for the nasal spray should first be discussed with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. It is important to know that Patanase may cause drowsiness and nosebleeds (which could be a sign of nasal ulceration). You should tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, have any allergies, or have other nasal problems before starting Patanase.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Patanase® (olopatadine nasal spray) if you:
- Have any nasal problems (other than nasal allergies)
- Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Patanase include the following:
- Patanase can cause nosebleeds. It is possible that this may be a sign of problems, such as nasal ulceration. Let your healthcare provider know if you experience nosebleeds (especially severe or frequent nosebleeds) while taking Patanase. If you already have other nasal problems (other than allergies), Patanase may not be a good choice for you.
- Patanase can cause drowsiness. You should see how Patanase affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
- Patanase can potentially interact with other medications (see Patanase Drug Interactions).
- Patanase is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Patanase and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown whether Patanase 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 Patanase and Breastfeeding).