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No generic medication is available for Optivar (Azelastine Hydrochloride)
What Optivar is and what it is used for
Optilast contains the active substance azelastine hydrochloride, which belongs to a group of medicines called antiallergics (antihistamines). Antihistamines work by preventing the effects of substances such as histamine that the body produces as part of an allergic reaction. Azelastine has been shown to reduce inflammation of the eye. Optilast can be used to treat and prevent eye disorders which you get with hayfever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis) in adults and children aged 4 years and above. Optilast can be used for eye disorders caused by an allergy to substances such as house dust mites or animal hair (perennial allergic conjunctivitis) in adults and children aged 12 years and above. Optilast is not suitable for treating eye infections.
How to take Optivar
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Remember: eyes. The recommended dose is: Eye disorders caused by hayfever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis) years and above eye in the morning and evening. If you anticipate contact with pollen, the usual dose of Optilast may be taken as a preventive measure before going outside. Eye disorders caused by an allergy (non-seasonal (perennial) allergic conjunctivitis) years and above eye in the morning and evening. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may increase your dose to one drop in each eye, up to four times a day. Relief of symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis should be noticed after 15-30 minutes. Putting in your Optilast eye drops To help you put in your eye drops correctly, you may find it useful to sit in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing for the first few times. 1. Wash your hands. 2. Gently wipe around your eyes with a tissues to remove any moisture (Diagram 1). 3. Unscrew the top of the bottle and check that the dropper is clean. 4. Gently pull your lower eye lid down (Diagram 2). 5. Carefully place the drop inside the middle of your lower eyelid (Diagram 3). Take care not to let the dropper touch your eye. 6. Release your lower eye lid and gently press on the inner corner of your eye against the bridge of your nose (Diagram 4). Keeping your finger pressed against your nose, slowly blink your eyes a few times to spread the drop across the surface of your eye. 7. Blot away any excess medicine with a tissue. 8. Repeat this for your other eye. Diagram 1 Diagram 2 Diagram 3 Diagram 4 Duration of treatment If possible, you should use Optilast regularly until your symptoms have disappeared. Do not take Optilast for more than 6 weeks. If you use more Optilast than you should If you put too much Optilast into your eyes you are unlikely to have any problems. If you are worried, contact your doctor. If you accidentally swallow Optilast, contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty department as soon as possible. If you forget to use Optilast Use your eye drops as soon as you remember, then take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose. If you stop using Optilast If you interrupt the use of Optilast your symptoms are likely to return. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines this medicine can
cause side effects, although
noteverybody gets them.
These effects include:
people): Slight irritation (burning,
itching, watering) in the eyes after
putting in Optilast. This should not
people): A bitter taste in your mouth.
This should quickly disappear
especially if you have a soft drink.people): An allergic reaction (such as
rash and itching).
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine
How to Store Optivar
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle label and the outer carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Once opened: Do not use this medicine if the bottle has been open for longer than 4 weeks. This medicine does not require any special storage conditions. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
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