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Olopatadine Medication Information

written by: AlyssaAst • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 11/5/2009

Olopatadine is an antihistamine medication in the form of a nasal spray. The olopatadine nasal spray is prescribed to relieve the symptoms caused by allergies. This medication is easy to use and produces few side effects. It may not be suitable for everyone and certain warnings do apply.

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    Medication Information

    The olopatadine nasal spray is prescribed to treat the common symptoms of allergies. This medication can relieve sneezing, runny nose, and itching, along with many other allergy symptoms . The nasal spray works by blocking the release of histamine, which in return reduces the symptoms of allergies.

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    Warnings

    If a patient has certain medical conditions, olopatadine may not be suitable for them to use. This medication may not be suitable for pregnant women, or women that may become pregnant. Use of this nasal spray may not be suitable for breast feeding women. Certain nonprescription supplements and herbal remedies may interact with this medication. Therefore, it is important to inform a doctor of any medications or natural remedies you are using. Certain nasal conditions such as ulcers and blockages may cause the spray to not be suitable for use, .

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    Usage Information

    The olopatadine nasal spray is fairly simple to use. The first time you use this medication, it is important to prime the pump by spraying the container 5 times into the air. This should be repeated until a fine mist is apparent. This process must be repeated if the pump has not been used for at least 7 days.

    To administer the medication, tilt your head back slightly while in a sitting position. Insert the tip of the spray container into one nostril. As the opposite nostril is held shut with a finger, administer one spray into the nostril and gently inhale. Repeat this for the other nostril.

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    Safety Information

    The side effects of this medication can intensify if alcohol is consumed while using it. Avoid alcohol when taking olopatadine. Do not use more than the prescribed dosage or ingest the contents of the spray bottle. Children must be supervised and monitored closely when taking this medication.

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    Side Effects

    The nasal spray is known to produce certain side effects including bitter taste, sore throat, and nose bleeds. Drowsiness and headache can also occur, along with a cough. Rare side effects of an allergic reaction can also be experienced. Rare side effects include hives, rashes, and itching. The nose can become irritated and sore from use of the spray. If frequent and persistent nose bleeds occur, stop use of this medication. Tightness of the chest, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, mouth, or tongue can occur. If this occurs, seek emergency medical treatment as quickly as possible because serious and fatal complications can occur.

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    References:

    “Olopatadine Spray” Drugs.com

    “Patanol” RXList.com