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Ketotifen (kee-toe-TYE-fen)ophthalmic (eye) solution is used to temporarily prevent itching of the eye caused by a condition known as allergic conjunctivitis. It works by acting on certain cells, called mast cells, to prevent them from releasing substances that cause the allergic reaction.
This medicine is available only with your doctor"s prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For ketotifen, the following should be considered:
Allergies—Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to ketotifen. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as preservatives.
Pregnancy—Ketotifen has not been studied in pregnant women. However, studies in animals have shown that ketotifen, when given in very high doses to some types of animals, causes birth defects. Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding—It is not known whether ketotifen passes into human breast milk. However, it does pass into the milk of animals with nursing young. Mothers who are taking this medicine and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
Children— Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of ketotifen in children younger than 3 years of age with use in other age groups.
Older adults—Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of ophthalmic ketotifen in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medicines—Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care professional if you are taking or using any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Proper Use of This Medicine
Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red .Also, do not use this medicine to treat irritation related to contact lens use. If you wear contact lenses: Take out your contact lenses before using ketotifen eye drops. Wait at least 10 minutes after putting the eye drops in before putting the contact lenses back in.
To use the eye drops :
Dosing—The dose of ketotifen will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor"s orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of ophthalmic ketotifen. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Missed dose—If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Storage—To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
If your symptoms do not improve or if your condition becomes worse, check with your doctor .
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Eye redness and swelling
Eye discharge; eye discomfort; eye pain; hives; increased itching of eyes; rash.
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
Headaches; stuffy or runny nose
Burning or stinging of eyes; dry eyes; eyelid disorder; eye sensitivity to light; fever, tiredness, achiness, and sore throat; increase in size of pupils; sore throat; tearing.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
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