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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).
(Click What Is Azelastine Ophthalmic Solution Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects

As 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.
Common side effects of azelastine ophthalmic solution include, but are not limited to:
  • Temporary eye burning or stinging
  • Headaches
  • Bitter taste.
(Click Side Effects of Azelastine Ophthalmic Solution to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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