What is Optivar?Optivar is taken to relieve and prevent the itchy eyes brought on by seasonal allergies.
What is the most important information I should know about Optivar?Optivar is for the eye only.
If you wear soft contact lenses and your eyes are not red, wait at least 10 minutes after using Optivar before inserting your lenses. This will prevent them from absorbing the preservative in Optivar. You should not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red.
Who should not take Optivar?Do not use Optivar if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it or to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Optivar?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Optivar. 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 usual dose is one drop in each affected eye twice a day.
How should I take Optivar?Use Optivar solution only in the eyes; never swallow it.
To apply the eye drops, tilt your head back slightly and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using more than one drop in the same eye, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops. Repeat the process in your other eye if your doctor directs you to do so.
What should I avoid while taking Optivar?Do not use any eyedrop that is discolored or has particles in it.
Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with Optivar if your eyes are red, unless your doctor tells you to. If you wear soft contact lenses, and your eyes are not red, wait at least 10 minutes after using Optivar before inserting your contact lenses.
Do not use other eye medications during treatment with Optivar without first talking to your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Optivar?If this medication is taken with certain other drugs, the effects 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 Optivar?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: bitter taste, flulike symptoms, headache, inflammation of the cornea, itching, runny nose, temporary eye burning or stinging, weakness
Can I receive Optivar if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Optivar during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Optivar?If you miss a dose, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Optivar?Store upright at room temperature.
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