olopatadine (nasal)

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olopatadine (nasal)

Pronunciation:OH loe PA ta deen
Brand:Patanase

What is the most important information I should know about olopatadine nasal?

Before using olopatadine nasal, tell your doctor if you have any non-allergic conditions affecting the inside of your nose, such as a deviated septum.

dizzyOlopatadine can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
noalcoholAvoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of olopatadine nasal.

Talk with your doctor if your allergy symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

What is olopatadine nasal?

Olopatadine is an antihistamine. It blocks the effects of the chemical histamine in your body.

Olopatadine treats sneezing, itching, runny nose, and other nasal symptoms of allergies.

Olopatadine nasal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using olopatadine nasal?

donotYou should not use this medication if you are allergic to olopatadine.

Before using olopatadine nasal, tell your doctor if you have any non-allergic conditions affecting the inside of your nose, such as a deviated septum.

nopregFDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether olopatadine nasal is harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
nobrfeedIt is not known whether olopatadine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use olopatadine nasal without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
nochildOlopatadine nasal should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I use olopatadine nasal?

Use olopatadine exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use it in larger doses or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

To use the olopatadine nasal spray:

  • Gently blow your nose before using the nasal spray.
  • The first time you use a new bottle, prime the unit by pumping 5 sprays into the air, away from your face, until a fine mist appears.
  • Insert the spray tip into your nostril, pointing it straight up into your nose. Press your other nostril closed with your finger and keep your head upright. Pump the spray and gently inhale at the same time.
  • Use only the number of sprays prescribed by your doctor.
  • Clean the pump nozzle with a clean, damp tissue and recap it.
  • Prime the spray pump with at least 2 sprays any time it has been longer than 7 days since you last used it.

Try not to sneeze or blow your nose just after using the spray.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

rtStore this medication at room temperature in an upright position, away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

emtSeek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, and feeling restless or agitated.

What should I avoid while taking olopatadine nasal?

dizzyOlopatadine can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
noalcoholAvoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of olopatadine nasal.

What are the possible side effects of olopatadine nasal?

emtGet emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
emtStop using olopatadine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  • nosebleed;
  • sores inside your nose; or
  • burning or pain when you urinate.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;
  • a bitter taste in your mouth;
  • headache;
  • dry mouth, sore throat;
  • cough, sneezing, runny nose, cold symptoms;
  • weight gain; or
  • nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect olopatadine nasal?

dizzyCold medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by olopatadine nasal. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medicines, or any other allergy medications.

There may be other drugs that can interact with olopatadine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about olopatadine nasal.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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