Antihistamines are a group of medications which can be used to relieve symptoms of allergic reactions. Antihistamine eye drops are used to treat symptoms of eye allergies (allergic conjunctivitis), such as red, itchy eyes and watery eyes. They may contain ingredients such as:
These effects are mild and will subside after some time. Do not drive or operate machinery immediately after using the eye drops.
If the discomfort continues for more than a few minutes, discontinue the medication, and rinse the affected eye with normal saline eye wash.
To avoid eye irritation, remove contact lens prior to application of the eye drops and wait at least 30 minutes before re-inserting the contact lens.
If you experience the following symptoms, your conditions may be too serious for self-treatment and you should consult a doctor:
The symptoms of a drug allergy includes one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professionals if:
Apply this medication to the affected eye once or twice a day as directed by your healthcare professional.
For proper use of eye drop:
For contact lens wearers:
If you forget to apply a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. Then apply your next dose at the usual time. Do not apply two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Eye drops should be discarded 4 weeks after first opening, unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer.
Pack this medication into black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin.