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What drugs treat allergic conjunctivitis in children?

Lawrence T. Chiaramonte, MD
Allergy & Immunology
The following drugs treat allergic conjunctivitis in children:

  • olopatadine hydrochloride (Patanol, Pataday): prescription, 3 years plus; itchy, watery eyes
  • ketotifen (Zaditor): prescription, 3 years plus; itchy eyes
  • levocabastine (Livostin): prescription, 12 years plus; itchy eyes
  • azelastine hydrochloride (Optivar): prescription, 3 years plus; itchy eyes
  • antazoline + naphazoline (Vasocon-A): prescription, 3 years plus; itchy, red eyes
  • naphozoline + pheniramine maleate (Visine-A): prescription, consult doctor if child is under 6 years; itchy, red eyes
  • nedocromil sodium (Alocril): prescription, 3 years plus; itchy, tearing eyes
  • lodoxamide (Alomide): OTC, 3 years plus; ocular inflammatory states such as vernal conjunctivitis, vernal keratitis, vernal keratoconjunctivitis
  • ketorolac (Acular): OTC, 3 years plus; itchy eyes due to seasonal conjunctivitis
  • bepotastine besilate (Bepreve): prescription, 2 years plus; itchy, watery eyes

All medications in this list are nonsteroidal: Never use steroids on eyes.
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