Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Elestat
Generic Name: epinastine ophthalmic (Pronunciation: EP i NAS teen off THAL mik)
What is epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
Epinastine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
Epinastine ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to prevent itching of the eyes caused by allergies.
Epinastine ophthalmic should not be used to treat eye irritation or discomfort caused by wearing contact lenses.
Epinastine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of epinastine ophthalmic (Elestat)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using epinastine ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
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)?
This medication is usually used only for a short time until allergy season ends.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Epinastine ophthalmic should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old without medical advice.
Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Epinastine ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using epinastine before putting your contact lenses in.
Stop using epinastine ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have swelling, redness, crusting or drainage, severe burning, severe stinging, or other irritation after using the eye drops.
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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