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There are many precautions and warnings with epinastine ophthalmic solution to be aware of before starting treatment. To help prevent drug interactions, tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking. You should also let him or her know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the full risks of using this medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding are currently unknown.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using This Drug?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking epinastine ophthalmic solution (Elestat®) if you:
  • Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Epinastine Ophthalmic Solution Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking epinastine ophthalmic solution include the following:
  • It is unknown if epinastine ophthalmic solution passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Elestat and Breastfeeding).
  • Epinastine ophthalmic solution 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 Elestat and Pregnancy).
  • 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.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you must remove them to use the drops. In order to prevent the lens from absorbing the preservative in 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 for use as an eye drop. It should not be taken by mouth or by injection.
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