Can I take olopatadine if I am breastfeeding?

Olopatadine (Patanol 0.1%, Pataday 0.2%) is a type of eye drop that is used to relieve itching, redness, irritation, tearing and lid swelling (allergic conjunctivitis) caused by seasonal allergies, hay fever and pollen sensitivity. It treats eye allergies by blocking histamine, a chemical triggered by the immune system during allergic reactions.

Olopatadine has been found in the milk of nursing rats following oral administration. It is not known whether administering the medication in the eye could result in enough of the medication being absorbed in the body to be found in breast milk.

As with all drug use during pregnancy, the benefits should outweigh any risk to both you and your baby.

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