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Patanol is an eye drop medicine used to treat signs and symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis ("pink eye").
How does this medication work?
Patanol works by blocking the release of a chemical in your body called histamine that causes allergic symptoms.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: By blocking histamine release, Patanol may help improve eye symptoms.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Patanol exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in your eye symptoms after you start using Patanol. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions from time to time to check how well your symptoms are controlled.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: headache.
Do not use Patanol if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Patanol. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children ≥3 years: Apply 1 drop into each affected eye twice a day, separated by 6 to 8 hours.
Use Patanol exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using Patanol without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Patanol contains a preservative that may be absorbed by your contact lenses. Remove your contact lenses prior to Patanol administration. You may reinsert them after 10 minutes.
Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eyes or any other surface, as this can contaminate Patanol.
Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red.
No significant interactions have been reported with Patanol at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Patanol during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Patanol, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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