Emadine (Emedastine)

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Emadine (emedastine difumarate) Dosage and Side Effects

EMADINE is used to treat itchy or watery eyes caused by allergies.

Proper Use of this medication

Do not use this medicine while wearing contact lenses. EMADINE  may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 10 minutes after using this medicine before putting in your contact lenses.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.
  • Close your eyes for 2 or 3 minutes with your head tipped down, without blinking or squinting. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
  • Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

An overdose of EMADINE  is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • mild burning or stinging after using the eye drops;
  • blurred vision, dry eyes; or
  • strange dreams.

Warnings and Precautions

You should not use EMADINE if you are allergic to it.

To make sure EMADINE is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • an infection in your eye (unless you are also using medicine to treat it).

FDA pregnancy category B. EMADINE is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether EMADINE passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

EMADINE is not approved for use by children younger than 3 years of age.

Interactions with this medication

Do not wear contact lenses while using this medicine if your eyes are red.

Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on emedastine used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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