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Brand Names: Patanase

Generic Name: olopatadine (nasal) (Pronunciation: OH loe PA ta deen)

What is olopatadine nasal (Patanase)?

Olopatadine nasal 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.

Olopatadine nasal (for the nose) is used to treat symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose caused by seasonal allergies. Olopatadine nasal is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.

Olopatadine nasal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of olopatadine nasal (Patanase)?

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 olopatadine nasal and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • nosebleed;
  • sores inside your nose;
  • fever; or
  • burning or pain when you urinate.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;
  • a bitter taste in your mouth;
  • headache;
  • dry mouth, sore throat;
  • cough, sneezing, runny nose, cold symptoms;
  • weight gain; or
  • nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain.

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 olopatadine nasal (Patanase)?

Before using olopatadine nasal, tell your doctor if you have any non-allergic conditions affecting the inside of your nose, such as a deviated septum.

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of olopatadine nasal.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using olopatadine nasal.

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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