What is Elestat?Elestat is an antihistamine prescribed to relieve itchy eyes caused by allergies.
What is the most important information I should know about Elestat?Only use Elestat in the eyes.
Do not wear contact lenses if your eye is red. Elestat should not be used to treat irritation related to contact lenses. The preservative in Elestat may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Contact lenses should be removed prior to using Elestat and may be reinserted 10 minutes afterward.
Elestat may cause mild stinging or burning when you first put it in your eye. Contact your doctor if the stinging continues.
Who should not take Elestat?Do not use Elestat if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Elestat?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you wear contact lenses.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults and children ≥3 years: The recommended dosage is one drop in each affected eye twice a day. You should continue using Elestat until you are no longer exposed to the allergic trigger (for example, until the pollen season is over), even if you do not have itchy eyes.
How should I take Elestat?Use Elestat solution only in the eyes; never swallow it. To prevent contamination of the solution, do not touch the dropper tip to any surface, to your eyelids, or to the surrounding area of the eye.
If you wear soft contact lenses and your eyes are not red, wait at least 10 minutes after using Elestat before inserting your lenses. This will prevent them from absorbing the preservative in Elestat.
To use Elestat in the eye, first wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid for 1-2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
What should I avoid while taking Elestat?Avoid allowing the tip of the dropper to contact the eye, surrounding areas, fingers, or any other surface in order to avoid contamination of the solution by common bacteria known to cause eye infections.
Do not to wear contact lenses if your eye is red. Elestat should not be used to treat irritation related to contact lenses.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Elestat?If this medication is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining this drug with any other medication.
What are the possible side effects of Elestat?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: bloodshot eyes, burning sensation in the eye, cold-like symptoms, inflammation of eyelid follicles, itching of the eye, upper respiratory infection, headache
Can I receive Elestat if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Elestat during pregnancy and breastfeeding have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, tell your doctor immediately.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Elestat?If you miss a dose of Elestat, apply the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.
How should I store Elestat?Store at room temperature.
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