What Is Epinastine Ophthalmic Solution Used For?
The main use of epinastine ophthalmic solution is for the prevention of itchy eyes due to allergic conjunctivitis (eye allergies). The medication can help prevent or relieve allergy symptoms by blocking H1 receptors and decreasing the release of histamine from certain cells in the body. The eye drops are approved for children as young as three years old.
An Overview of Epinastine Ophthalmic Solution Uses
Epinastine ophthalmic solution (Elestat®) is a prescription eye medication used for preventing eye allergy symptoms. It particular, it is approved for preventing eye itching related to allergies. It belongs to a group of medications known as antihistamines.
Allergy symptoms can affect various parts of the body. Eye allergies are known medically as allergic conjunctivitis because the allergic reaction occurs in the conjunctiva (the thin layer that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid). Symptoms of eye allergies may include:
- Itchy eyes
- Red or pink eyes
- Burning or stinging of the eyes
- Watery, teary eyes
- Puffy, swollen eyelids.
Combined with strategies to minimize a person's contact with allergens, allergy treatment can make life bearable for even the worst allergy sufferer. Treatment often includes allergy eye drops, such as epinastine ophthalmic solution. Unlike with over-the-counter decongestant eye drops, you can use epinastine ophthalmic solution long-term without the risk of actually making the redness and swelling worse after you stop the medication.
How Does It Work?
Epinastine ophthalmic solution belongs to a group of allergy medications known as antihistamines. Specifically, it is an H1 receptor antagonist. This means that it blocks a specific type of histamine receptor in the body (known as H1 receptors). In addition to blocking histamine receptors, epinastine ophthalmic solution also seems to decrease the release of histamine from certain cells in the body. Since the symptoms of allergic reactions are partly caused by histamine, epinastine ophthalmic solution can help prevent or relieve allergy symptoms.