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Azelastine ophthalmic solution is a prescription medication used for relieving itching caused by eye allergies. This medication comes in the form of an eye drop that is generally used twice daily. Common side effects include headaches, eye burning, and a bitter taste. Although most people tolerate it well, it is not suitable for everyone, including people who have certain allergies.
What Is Azelastine Ophthalmic Solution?Azelastine ophthalmic solution (Optivar®) is a prescription eye drop used for the treatment of eye allergies. In particular, this medication is approved for treating itchy eyes caused by allergies (known medically as allergic conjunctivitis).
Side EffectsAs with any medicine, azelastine ophthalmic solution can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience bothersome side effects. Some people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
- Temporary eye burning or stinging
- Bitter taste.