Drug information provided by: Micromedex
This medicine should not be used for irritation caused by contact lenses.
If your eye is red, do not wear your contact lens.
If you wear contact lenses: Take out your contact lenses before using olopatadine eye drops. Wait at least 10 minutes after putting the eye drops in before you put your contact lenses back in only if your eye is not red.
To use the eye drops:
First, wash your hands. Tilt your head back and, pressing your finger gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space. Drop the medicine into this space. Let go of the eyelid and gently close the eyes. Do not blink. Keep the eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes to allow the medicine to be absorbed by the eye.
If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eye properly, use another drop.
To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye). Also, keep the container tightly closed.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For ophthalmic dosage form (eye drops):
For treatment of allergic conjunctivitis:
Adults and children 3 years of age and older—Use one drop (0.1% solution) in each affected eye two times a day, with each dose being at least six to eight hours apart. Or, use one drop (0.2% solution) in each affected eye one time a day.
Children up to 3 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.