Patanol (Olopatadine Hydrochloride)

Olopatadine hydrochloride is an antihistamine used for treatment of itching, redness, and irritation of the eyes as a result of eye allergy conditions such as allergic conjunctivitis and allergic pink eye.  It works by blocking histamine, a substance in the body that triggers allergic symptoms.  It is sold as a prescription eye drop, Patanol, manufactured by Alcon.  Recommended dosage is 1 drop in each affected eye twice a day, 6 to 8 hours between doses, or as directed by the physician.  The patient must keep in mind that this medication should not be used to cure eye irritation that is caused by wearing contact lenses. 
If the patient wears contact lenses, they should be removed before application, and kept out of the eyes at least 10 minutes after applying the eye drops.  The doctor should be informed if side effects such as headache, burning, stinging, dryness, foreign body sensation, keratitis, lid edema, itching, sore throat, and taste change are recurrent.

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  1. Good day All, this site gave welcome info, but I haven’t checked the details out yet. I was a frequent user of Patanol for allergic conjunctivitis, however the eye doctor stated Patanol, as well as many eye drops contain the preservative Benzalkonium chloride, which is a common irritant/allergen. So beware.

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