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What over-the-counter medication treats pink eye?

What over-the-counter medication treats pink eye?

Bacterial--none: If the "pink eye" is bacterial an antibiotic is needed. If the eye is "pink" from an allergy , otc opcon a is a good choice. ...Read more

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Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?

"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease ( glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Treatment depends on the cause and your primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Over the counter allergy treatments are available, but most causes require Rx, intervention or observation. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter drugs that help with watery eyes?

What over-the-counter drugs that help with watery eyes?

Antihistamines: Antihistamines can help dry secretions such as watery eyes. They also help with runny, drippy sneezy and itchy symptoms. If other symptoms don't exist may need an eye medication that can also help with the watery eyes. Please ask your health care professional. ...Read more

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Can you suggest over-the-counter drugs that help with watery eyes?

Can you suggest over-the-counter drugs that help with watery eyes?

Artificial tears: Although not drugs per se, artificial tears provide a moist barrier to your own rapidly evaporating tears, thus stopping the endless cycle of dryness followed by reflex tearing etc. ...Read more

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Is tropicamide 1% eye drops over-the-counter drug?

Is tropicamide 1% eye drops over-the-counter drug?

No: This is a prescriptive only iris dilator. Why would you want to use this without the advice of your ophthalmologist anyway? It is one of the common chair side drops used for diagnosis and occasional treatment. ...Read more

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Is tropicamide eye drops an over-the-counter drug?

Is tropicamide eye drops an over-the-counter drug?

Nope: Tropicamide, also known as mydriacyl, (tropicamide) is one of several drops used to dilate the pupil during an eye exam. As such, there is no over-the-counter use for it! ...Read more

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What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.

What is the best allergy treatment for eyes I mean the best eye drops for allergy. Not over-the-counter drugs. Oral antihistamine alone not helping.

Patanol (olopatadine): I prefer patanol (olopatadine) drops. There are others which are similar. The important thing is to wash your face with a cool wash cloth before applying to remove any lingering allergens from your facial skin and around your eyes. This helps my patients a great deal. If you're not better with drops see an allergist for testing, you may want to consider allergy shots. ...Read more

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What type of over-the-counter eye medicine should I use for dryness and itching that lasts a day or so?

What type of over-the-counter eye medicine should I use for dryness and itching that lasts a day or so?

Lubricating drops: Look for plain lubricating or moisturizing drops for short-duration dryness/itching symptoms. If it's longer lasting you might consider allergy eye drops, but for a day or two i typically just recommend moisturizing drops. ...Read more