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Can I take olopatadine eye drops if I am pregnant?

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 classified in Pregnancy Category C by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Harmful effects were not observed in animal studies, however, studies in animals don't always accurately predict what will happen in humans. Olopatadine was not tested specifically in pregnant women.

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

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