Symptoms of eye allergies can be relieved or even prevented by using Patanol. This prescription medication is a type of antihistamine and works to treat eye allergies by blocking certain histamine receptors in the body. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as three years old. At this time, there are no off-label Patanol uses.
What Is Patanol Used For?Patanol® (olopatadine ophthalmic solution) is an eyedrop approved for treating eye allergy symptoms. It is available by prescription only and belongs to a group of medications known as antihistamines.
Allergies can affect various parts of the body, and symptoms are particularly common in the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Eye allergies are known medically as allergic conjunctivitis, because the allergic reaction occurs in the conjunctiva (the thin layer that covers the whites of the eyes and the inner eyelids). Symptoms may include:
- A red or pink eye
- Itchy eyes
- Burning or stinging of the eyes
- Watery eyes
- Puffy eyes.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment for allergies often includes eyedrops such as Patanol. Unlike over-the-counter decongestant eyedrops, you can use Patanol long-term without the risk of actually making the redness and swelling worse after you stop the medication.
How Does Patanol Work?Patanol belongs to a group of allergy medications known as antihistamines. Specifically, it is an H1 receptor antagonist. This means that it blocks a specific type of histamine receptor in the body (known as H1 receptors). Because allergic reactions are partly caused by the release of histamine from certain cells in the body, Patanol can help relieve or prevent allergy symptoms.
In addition to blocking histamine receptors, Patanol seems to decrease the release of histamine from the cells in the body. This may also help prevent or relieve the symptoms of eye allergies.