Yes. Patanol (olopatadine) is used for allergies. Often cited as having a side affect of dryness, it is effective at decreasing ocular allergies. Restasis, on the other hand, is used to help reduce ocular inflammation and to aid tear production. Two different products with two different mechanisms of action, both of which may be used together.
Yes. Yes. If you have both dry eye and allergies, these meds can be used together.
Patanol (olopatadine) Patanol (olopatadine) is effective for ocular allergies and is not used for dry eye.
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.
No. Patanol (olopatadine) is an antihistmine eye drop and would not be used for dry eyes.
Is patanol (olopatadine) and alaway the same group? I have allergy eyes. Itching, red, dry. Which one to use first or how?
Yes. Alaway & Patanol (olopatadine) are both topical ocular antihistamines. Both useful for itchy, watery eyes once to twice daily. Coincident with ocular allergies is dry eye symptoms, which can be augmented by systemic antihistamine/decongestant treatment. I recommend using both the antihistamine eye drops as prescribed & adjunctive artificial tears at intervals in between for comfort.
Allergy rhinitis for eyes. I was given a choice of ither patanol (olopatadine) or zaditen, which do you recommend?
Eye allergy. For the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis, both Patanol (olopatadine) (a prescription eye drop) and zaditor (ketotifen) which is now otc are effective for relief. Both are prescribed twice a day. Neither burns as much as some others. Ketotifen which is available as alaway is significantly cheaper (unless insurance will pay for the patanol). I've had patients experience relief with both.
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.
Both work. These are both ocular antihistamines and work well to treat the symptoms of allergy eyes. There is very little data to suggest that any one ocular antihistamine is any better than another.
No. Patanol (olopatadine) doesn't become less effective with use and tolerance doesn't develop. No medications used to treat allergies develop tolerance. This only occurs with a small number of meds, usually those affecting nervous system, e.g. Pain killers, sedatives, sleeping pills, etc. Probably you are being exposed to more pollen, dust, etc. And your symptoms are worse.
Yes. Topical antihistamine agents are generally very effective for treatment of seasonal allergy eye conditions. However, as the season progresses, they often lose their effect. That does not make this "bad" medicine; rather, it probably attests to the severity of allergies that you have.