|Opatanol/Olopat||olopatadine||Brand||India||1mg/ml||5ml X 3||DR||$39.99||Add|
|Opatanol/Olopine||olopatadine||Brand||India||1mg/ml||5ml X 3||DR||$39.99||Add|
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Opatanol (olopatadine) is an antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer used to alleviate the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. This condition occurs when the immune system overreacts to the presence of allergens, producing symptoms of:
Note that allergic conjunctivitis is distinct from viral or bacterial conjunctivitis, all of which may be called "pink eye." In the latter two, Opatanol will not help the condition heal, though it may provide some relief from symptoms; in many cases this can be worse, as the masked symptoms prevent the patient from seeking help earlier. If in doubt as to the cause of the conjunctivitis, seek advice from a doctor.
Allergic conjunctivitis can be either seasonal, as is the case with allergies to pollen, or perennial, as is the case with most other allergens. Patients who are aware that they're allergic to certain substances can usually tell when the conjunctivitis is allergic; for example, if allergic to horses, it won't be a big surprise when conjunctivitis develops after visiting a barn.
Opatanol can be used in patients age three and up; dosage and duration of treatment is the same in all ages. Safety regarding use in patients under age three is unclear.
Opatanol is available in only one strength, 0.1%. Similar products but in different strengths---0.7% and 0.2%---are sold under different names.
Each vial of Opatanol includes a dropper to administer the eye drops. Instructions for use are:
In the majority of cases treatment is simple and straightforward:
Occasionally a doctor will advise a different dosage, such as:
Contact lenses must be removed prior to treatment, and should be left out for at least 10 minutes after treatment. Ideally contact lenses will not be worn at all for the duration of allergic conjunctivitis, but in practice this is not possible for many patients.
Most patients will see the condition improve rapidly, beginning with the first dose, though it may take several dose before maximum benefit is achieved. Treatment may continue for as long as needed.
Other Allergen Solutions
Patients who suffer from frequent allergic conjunctivitis may want to try making their home a little less likely to harbor them. In addition to the obvious---keeping the house clean---minimizing carpets and other soft furnishings can help a great deal. Investing in bed linens that minimize allergens can also help in many instances.
Other tips include:
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of many patients to keep their living environment clean and free of allergens, allergic conjunctivitis will occur now and then regardless. For these patients, Opatanol will provide much-needed relief.