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People with certain allergies may not be able to take bepotastine. Warnings and precautions also apply to people who wear soft contact lenses and to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. This prescription medication is designed for use as an eye drop only -- it should not be taken by mouth or injected.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking bepotastine besilate (Bepreve™), 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
  • Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Bepotastine Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking bepotastine include the following:
  • If you wear contact lenses, you must remove them to use the drops. In order to prevent the lens from absorbing the medication, be sure to wait 10 minutes after using the drops before reinserting the lens. Do not wear your contact lenses if your eye is still red.
  • This medication is only meant for use as an eye drop. It should not be taken by mouth or by injection.
  • In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
  • Bepotastine is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it might be unsafe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Bepreve and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if bepotastine passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Bepreve and Breastfeeding).
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