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While most people have no problems with bepotastine, side effects such as eye irritation or signs of the common cold are possible. In addition, there are some potentially serious side effects to be aware of, such as sudden swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing. These are signs that can indicate an allergic reaction to the drug and require prompt medical attention.

An Introduction to Bepotastine Side Effects

Just like any medicine, bepotastine besilate (Bepreve™) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, some people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with bepotastine. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Side Effects of Bepotastine

Bepotastine appears to be unlikely to cause serious side effects. Of course, any eye drop can cause problems if it is contaminated, such as an eye infection, so be sure to avoid touching the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye. Report any signs of an eye infection (such as severe pain, swelling, or redness) to your healthcare provider right away.
As with any medication, report any possible signs of an allergic reaction to bepotastine, such as:
  • An unexplained rash or hives
  • Itching (more than the usual itching related to eye allergies)
  • Unexplained swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing.
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