Optivar (Azelastine)

(Rx) Prescription Required- Optivar is Marketed as Optilast in the United Kingdom

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Optilast Eye Drops 0.05%

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Manufactured by: Meda Pharmaceuticals
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Optivar is also marketed as Optilast
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Optilast Eye Drops 0.05%
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Manufactured by Meda Pharmaceuticals
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Optivar (Azelastine) Dosage and Side Effects

OPTIVAR ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat itchy eyes caused by allergies (hay fever).

Warnings and Precautions

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to OPTIVAR.

Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. OPTIVAR ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using OPTIVAR before putting your contact lenses in.

Stop using OPTIVAR ophthalmic and call your doctor if you have severe eye pain, trouble breathing, or severe burning, stinging, itching, or redness in your eyes.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to OPTIVAR.

Do not wear contact lenses while your eyes are red or irritated. OPTIVAR ophthalmic should not be used to treat minor contact lens irritation.

It is not known whether OPTIVAR ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether OPTIVAR ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 3 years old.

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.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe burning, stinging, itching, or eye redness after using this medication;
  • eye pain;
  • trouble breathing; or
  • fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or stinging
  • mild itching, irritation or discomfort;
  • runny nose;
  • blurred vision (temporary);
  • headache; or
  • a bitter taste in your mouth.

Interactions with this medication

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with OPTIVAR unless your doctor tells you to.

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on OPTIVAR used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Proper Use of this medication

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. OPTIVAR ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medication before putting your contact lenses in.

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 as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
  • Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
  • Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
  • Do not allow the dropper tip to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

The 0.2 milliliter (0.2 mL) container of OPTIVAR is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it. Each 0.2 mL container must be used within one month after you open the foil pouch.

Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep each single-use 0.2 mL container in the foil pouch until you are ready to use it.

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.

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.

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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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