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What's the diffrence between patanol and zaditor (ketotifen)? My 4yrold son has problems with eyes matting shut and his dr said allergies. What can I do or buy

What's the diffrence between patanol and zaditor (ketotifen)? My 4yrold son has problems with eyes matting shut and his dr said allergies.  What can I do or buy

VernalConjunctivitis: Regarding Patanol vs. Zaditor, (ketotifen) look at: http://www.Medscape. Com/viewarticle/489382 under the care of an ophthalmologist, steroid drops may be effective, though an ophthalmologist should verify the diagnosis in a toddler, since a "shield ulcer" can interfere with visual function. Another consideration is a low-grade bacterial conjunctivitis, so visit an ophthalmologist trusted by your pediatrician. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Olopatadine (Definition)

This is the eye drop called patanol (olopatadine). It's used to treat allergic conjunctivitis. It ...Read more


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Zaditor (ketotifen) is what?

Zaditor (ketotifen) is what?

Allergy medication: Eye drops available over the counter to treat allergies. ...Read more

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Is zaditor (ketotifen) better than opcon-a is?

Equivalent: Both of these are anti-allergic drops which due to a terrific safety profile, have been released for over the counter distribution. There is little to choose between each of these. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me is zaditor (ketotifen) better than opcon-a?

Yes: Zaditor (ketotifen) is longer-acting and has less tendency to lose its efficacy with continued use than opcon-a. ...Read more

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Is patanol (olopatadine) good?

Is patanol (olopatadine) good?

Yes: Its an effective antihistamine eye drop . It does a good job when perscribed for the apropiate pt. ...Read more

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Is zaditor (ketotifen) better than opcon?

Zaditor (ketotifen): Zaditor seems to be more effective in my experience. Both of these are less effective than prescription alternatives (pataday, lastacaft, (alcaftadine) etc). ...Read more

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Do I have to use zaditor (ketotifen) daily?

Do I have to use zaditor (ketotifen) daily?

Usually: During the season when you suffer from allergies, using your medications daily will likely be most effective at curbing symptoms. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: patanol (olopatadine)?

Please describe the medication: patanol (olopatadine)?

Antihistamine: It is an antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer used to reduce allergic symptoms. Because of its anticholinergic effects, side effects include headache, blurred vision, eye burning and dryness, sore throat and taste changes (cf wikipedia). ...Read more

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I was told to use Zaditor or Alaway, is one better than the other? I see Alaway is a little cheaper, but I want the best one. What would you suggest?

I was told to use Zaditor or Alaway, is one better than the other? I see Alaway is a little cheaper, but I want the best one. What would you suggest?

Both are the same: Active ingredient, ketotifen, choose whatever you like, however if it is doesn't work, you need to follow up with your doctor or ophthalmologist, good luck ...Read more

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Zaditor (ketotifen) and acular are what?

Zaditor (ketotifen) and acular are what?

Zaditor (ketotifen) and acular: Zaditor (ketotifen) is an over the counter drop used twice daily for allergic conjunctivitis. Acular (ketorolac) is a prescription NSAID eye drop which can also be used for allergy but is often used for eye inflammation and pain following surgery such as cataract surgery or prk. ...Read more

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Can patanol (olopatadine) be taken for long term treatment o?

Can patanol (olopatadine) be taken for long term treatment o?

Yes: Patentol, and the class of medications used for allergy treatment called mast cell stabilzers, are generally thought to be safe for ongoing use. Typically, Pataday is used once daily, and Patanol (olopatadine) twice daily, as needed, for allergic symptoms like itchy and watery eyes. ...Read more

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Can patanol (olopatadine) be an antihistamine or what exactly is it?

Can patanol (olopatadine) be an antihistamine or what exactly is it?

Med for Allergy Eye: Patanol (olopatadine) is an ocular anti histamine that is used for allergy eyes. ...Read more

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Whenever I use Patanol (olopatadine) my tinnitus gets aggravated is it normal? What should I do?

Patanol (olopatadine): Any time your medicine aggravates the condition for which it was prescribed — stop taking it immediately and contact the doctor who prescribed it.

Most meds are safe most of the time but not always. Do not be shy about reporting your concerns. ...Read more

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Can I take zaditor (ketotifen) with oral antihistamine?

Yes: Zaditor (ketotifen) eye drop has antihistamine and mast cell stablizing qualities. There is no harm in taking an oral antihistamine at the same time. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Patanol allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Patanol allergy?

Treats allergy: Patanol is an eyedrop used for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis. Some patients may experience irritation when taking it if they are sensitive to some preservatives. In general, it is a safe and effective treatment for allergy in the eye. If you are experiencing specific symptoms with this medication, then I suggest that you ask about this specifically. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Zaditor (ketotifen) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Zaditor (ketotifen) allergy?

Antihistamine : Zaditor™ is an antihistamine used to treat ocular allergies. It’s available over the counter. It’s Moderately effective and inexpensive. Better antihistamines are available by prescription and generally more expensive. ...Read more

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Its itchy & swelling. I have patanol (olopatadine) eyedrops. Should I try them to ease the itchiness?

Its itchy & swelling. I have patanol (olopatadine) eyedrops. Should I try them to ease the itchiness?

Yes: Patanol (olopatadine) is an anti-histamine eye drop that reduces allergy symptoms in the eye. Other treatments: avoid the cause (if possible), anti-histamine pills and allergy shots if it is extreme. ...Read more

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Could I use patanol (olopatadine) drops for my "eye boogers"?

Not advisable: By "boogers" I suppose you mean mucous. Patanol (olopatadine) is an antihistamine and mast cell stablizer. It is used for patients with allergy. Artificial teardrops, which are sold over the counter are a better and cheaper choice. ...Read more

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Can patanol (olopatadine) be used 4 dry eyes?

Can patanol (olopatadine) be used 4 dry eyes?

Not the best choice: Patenol is a terrific drop for allergy symptoms, primarily tearing and itchy eyes. Dry eye is better treated, at least initially, with otc drops like systane, optive, genteal, soothe, or tears naturale (artificial tears). If using these otc drops three or more times daily, best to see an eye md for accurate diagnosis and treatment, possibly the rx drop restasis, or tear drainage duct plugs. ...Read more

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Can patanol (olopatadine) be used for dry eyes?

Can patanol (olopatadine) be used for dry eyes?

Dry eyes!: Patanol (olopatadine) can sometimes help dry eyes, but it is intended for itch and allergies. Start with artificial tears routinely (one drop 4 times a day every day), oral omega-3's, and warm compresses. Next, medicated drops (restasis, mild steroid drops, NSAID drops) or punctal occlusion may be helpful. ...Read more

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Should I use zaditor (ketotifen) if I have dry eyes?

Should I use zaditor (ketotifen) if I have dry eyes?

Not usually: Zaditor (ketotifen) is approved as an anti-allergy drop, especially to relieve itching. There are other more specific and effective drops for dry eyes, such as artificial tears, and restasis. Consult directly with an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Could patanol (olopatadine) be used to cure dry eyes?

Could patanol (olopatadine) be used to cure dry eyes?

No: Patanol (olopatadine) is an antihistmine eye drop and would not be used for dry eyes. ...Read more

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I been suffered perennial allergies since 8 years ago and till now. Does both alcon patanol (olopatadine) and flarex can help to recovery.?

I been suffered perennial allergies since 8 years ago and till now. Does both alcon patanol (olopatadine) and flarex can help to recovery.?

See below: Patanol, (olopatadine) made by Alcon, is an eye drop with anti-histamine & anti-cholinergic activity :good for allergies. Flarex is a steroid eye drop. I'm not an eye doctor, but my belief is that, while both are effective for perennial allergies, the former is safe while the latter is not. You can develop an eye infection which can be devastating and mask the signs with Flarex. How about cetirizine pills? ...Read more

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What should I do if I have been prescribed patanol (olopatadine) for allergies, when I put the drops in, it burns my eyes. Is that normal?

What should I do if I have been prescribed patanol (olopatadine) for allergies, when I put the drops in, it burns my eyes. Is that normal?

No: Patanol (olopatadine) is usually a very comfortable drop with instillation. You may have a bad bottle or something else wrong with your eye. ...Read more

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Patanol (olopatadine) eye drops side effects?

Patanol (olopatadine) eye drops side effects?

Not many: Any eye drop can have side effects, although patenol is usually very well tolerated. Some expected side effects might be stinging or burning feeling when used, possible mildly blurred vision, redness of the eyes after use. These are all fairly rare with patenol, in my experience. ...Read more

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Does zaditor (ketotifen) drops help with "pink eye"?

Does zaditor (ketotifen) drops help with "pink eye"?

Maybe: In reality "pink eye" can have a lot of causes but usually refers to conjunctivitis. There are different types of conjunctivitis. The most common would be viral, bacterial and allergic. Zaditor (ketotifen) will help most with allergic conjunctivitis usually from seasonal allergies. ...Read more

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What are patanol (olopatadine) eye drop side effects?

Patanol (olopatadine): Not much, except possible irritation or itching due to allergy to a component in the drop. ...Read more

Dr. Sujith Sundararaj
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Patanol (Definition)

Patanol is an ocular decongestant which is a ...Read more


Zaditor (Definition)

Ketotifen is a medication to treat ...Read more