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Brand Names: Elestat

Generic Name: epinastine ophthalmic (Pronunciation: EP i NAS teen off THAL mik)

What is epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?

Epinastine is an anti-allergic medication. It inhibits processes in the body that cause allergic symptoms after exposure to an allergen.

Epinastine ophthalmic is used to prevent itching of the eyes associated with allergies.

Epinastine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?

Serious side effects are not expected to occur with the use of epinastine ophthalmic.

Commonly, some eye burning, irritation, itching, or redness may occur. Headache and symptoms of a cold have also been reported.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with epinastine ophthalmic if your eyes are red. If you wear soft contact lenses, and your eyes are not red, wait at least 10 minutes after using epinastine ophthalmic before inserting contact lenses.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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