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When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to consider when using olopatadine ophthalmic solution include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of an eyedrop. It is used either once a day (for Pataday) or twice a day (for Patanol).
  • It does not matter what time of day you use olopatadine ophthalmic solution, but it is best to use it at the same time each day.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you must remove them to use the drops. In order to prevent the lens from absorbing some of the ingredients in the medication, make sure to wait at least 10 minutes after using olopatadine ophthalmic solution before reinserting the lens. Do not wear your contact lenses if your eye is red.
  • 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.
  • For olopatadine ophthalmic solution to work properly, it must be taken as directed.

Dosing Information

The recommended dose for olopatadine ophthalmic solution varies, depending on the particular product. As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Olopatadine Ophthalmic Solution Dosage for more information.)

Drug Interactions

Olopatadine ophthalmic solution is unlikely to interact with other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Olopatadine Ophthalmic Solution).

What If I Take an Overdose?

It is not clear what exactly to expect from an overdose with this medication. If you happen to use too much olopatadine ophthalmic solution, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Patanol Overdose for more information.)
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