Basic Instructions on Patanol

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for those taking Patanol include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in the form of an eyedrop. It is usually used in each eye twice a day, with six or eight hours between the two doses.
     
  • 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 some of the ingredients in the medication, make sure to wait at least 10 minutes after using the drops before reinserting the lens. Do not wear your contact lenses if your eye is still red.
     
  • For Patanol to work properly, it must be taken as directed.
     

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dosage for this product. As is always the case, do not adjust your Patanol dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Patanol Dosage for more information.)
 

Side Effects of Patanol

As with any medicine, Patanol can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Some people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Possible side effects of Patanol include but are not limited to:
 
  • Headaches
  • Burning or stinging
  • Blurred vision
  • Swelling of the eyelid.
     
(Click Patanol Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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