Optivar Azelastine Hydrochloride and/or alternatives
Optivar 0.05%Marketed as Allergodil Eye Drops in Turkey Manufacturer: Meda Pharma Source Country : Turkey
Shipped from : Turkey
This item requires a prescription from your doctor
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Description of Optivar
Optivar is a topical ophthalmic drug, available in 6ml and 0.2ml forms. Its generic name is azelastine, which is a histamine antagonist that also works as an anti-inflammatory agent and a mast-cell stabilizer . You can buy Optivar for treating allergic symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, etc. This drug reduces the effect of certain chemical substances responsible for such reactions.
Optivar is generically known as Azelastine Ophthalmic. The inactive compounds in its composition are: disodium edetate dihydrate, benzalkonium chloride, sodium hydroxide, sorbitol solution, hypromellose, and water.
Indications & Dosage of Optivar
Optivar is essentially indicated for treating symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. The symptoms of this condition include itching, tearing and redness of the eyes.
As patients require a doctor’s prescription to buy Optivar, it is implied that the medicine should be administered exactly as per the doctor’s instructions. In general, one drop of Optivar is topically administered in the affected eye two times per day until the symptoms disappear.
There are some points to be kept in mind while using Optivar:
- You must avoid contamination of the solution. Care should be taken to ensure that the tip of the container does not touch any unclean surface or the eyelids.
- The 0.2ml Optivar solution is meant for single use and should in no case be used if one month has lapse after opening.
- There should be an interval of at least 15 minutes between applying the eye drop and removing or putting back contact lenses.
- Storage conditions for the different strengths of Optivar solution differ. While patients may store the 6ml Optivar solution containers at temperatures between 2 and 25 degrees Celsius, the 0.2ml solution should be stored in a pouch bag at room temperature.
Side Effects & Interactions of Optivar
Optivar, like most drugs, may cause side effects among its users in rare cases. These side effects range between mild and severe. While the minor effects subside after a short span of time and do not pose any serious threat to the patient, some major side effects can be harmful to the patient and should be promptly reported to the doctor or a medical expert.
Some of the minor side effects of Optivar are listed below:
- Bitterness in the throat and mouth
- Blurry vision
- Irritation or discomfort in the eyes
Some of the major side effects of Optivar are listed below:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Eye pain
- Severe irritation like inflammation of the eye causing redness, burning, stinging and itching
- Weakness, fever, chills
- Flu symptoms
Even though Optivar is not released in the blood stream and has a low chance of interacting with other medications/drugs, patients should inform their doctors regarding the drugs they take. It is also essential to confirm with the doctor before starting any new medicine, altering a medicine dose or stopping Optivar treatment.
Warnings & Precautions of Optivar
Patients allergic to any of the ingredients may experience severe effects like inflammation of the face, throat or tongue, rashes, severe itching, dizziness and breathing difficulties. If any of these occur, medical help is required immediately.
Optivar has not been adequately studied in pregnant and lactating women. Consultation with a doctor regarding its safety is a must in such cases.