What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to taking this medication, talk to your healthcare provider if you:
- Use contact lenses
- Have any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Bepreve and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Bepreve and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Bepotastine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does Bepotastine Work?Bepotastine is part of a class of drugs known as H1 receptor antagonists, commonly known as antihistamines. It works by blocking a specific type of histamine receptor in the body known as H1 receptors. Since allergic reactions are partly caused by the release of histamine from certain cells in the body, bepotastine can help relieve or prevent allergy symptoms.
In addition to blocking histamine receptors, bepotastine seems to decrease the release of histamine from cells in the body.
Clinical EffectsIn clinical studies, this medication was shown to relieve itching of the eyes due to allergies. The studies showed that bepotastine was more effective than a placebo eye drop (the same formulation, minus the active ingredient) for relieving eye itching.