Pataday

Generic Name: Olopatadine

  • What is Pataday?

    Pataday is an eye drop medicine used to treat eye itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis ("pink eye").

  • What is the most important information I should know about Pataday?

    Pataday is for use in your eyes only. Do not use Pataday in your mouth.

    Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red. Also, Pataday should not be used to treat contact lens-related irritation. Pataday contains a preservative, benzalkonium chloride, which can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. If you wear soft contact lenses and your eyes are not red, wait at least 10 minutes after applying Pataday before you insert your contact lenses.

  • Who should not take Pataday?

    Do not use Pataday if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Pataday?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Pataday. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • 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 ≥2 years: Apply 1 drop into the affected eye(s) once a day.

  • How should I take Pataday?

    Apply Pataday exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are not using it.

  • What should I avoid while taking Pataday?

    Do not use Pataday for injection or in your mouth.

    Do not allow the dropper tip of the bottle to contact your eyelids or any other surrounding area, as this can contaminate Pataday.

    Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Pataday?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Pataday at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Pataday?

    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: allergic reactions, back pain, blurred vision, burning or stinging, change in taste, cold symptoms, conjunctivitis, dry eye, eye itching or pain, "flu-like" symptoms, foreign body sensation in your eyes, headache, increased cough, infection, nausea, red eye, runny nose, sore throat, swelling of your eye lids, weakness

  • Can I receive Pataday if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Pataday 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 Pataday?

    If you miss a dose of Pataday, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Pataday?

    Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.