Eyedrops for Allergic Rhinitis
Over-the-counter decongestant eyedrops
Over-the-counter antihistamine plus decongestant eyedrops
Over-the-counter antihistamine eyedrops
Prescription anti-inflammatory eyedrops
Prescription antihistamine eyedrops
Mast cell stabilizers
How It Works
Eyedrops relieve the eyes of redness, itching, and watering caused by allergies, or they reduce these symptoms.
Why It Is Used
You can use eyedrops for eye symptoms caused by allergic rhinitis.
How Well It Works
Eyedrops often provide prompt relief of itching and watering. How much relief you get depends on the type of eyedrops you use.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call your doctor if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Do not use decongestant eyedrops more than 3 days in a row. Using these eyedrops for too long can cause congestion to occur when you are not having an allergic reaction. This effect is similar to the rebound congestion of nasal decongestant sprays. Decongestants may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems. Before you use them, check the label.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Advice for women
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant, do not use any medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Some medicines can harm your baby. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. And make sure that all your doctors know that you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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