Should I use Patanol if I already take allergy medication?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

The active ingredient in Patanol, olopatadine, is an antihistamine. When your body is exposed to an allergen, your body responds by releasing histamines. Histamines attach to cells in your body, causing them to swell and release fluid. This response causes eyes to become red, itchy and watery. Antihistamines like olopatadine prevent histamines from attaching to cells, relieving these symptoms. When used regularly, Patanol can prevent itchy, red and watery eyes.

Depending on your symptoms, you may feel better using Patanol in addition to other allergy medications. Patanol is a medicated eye drop with antihistamines that stops allergens from irritating your eyes. Some allergy medications, such as antihistamine tablets and nasal sprays, contain a decongestant which can dry your eyes out. Dry eyes are more susceptible to the effects of allergens. If you are currently taking allergy medications but still experiencing red, itchy and watery eyes, talk to your doctor about your treatment options. Taking Patanol in addition to your regular medication may improve your allergy symptoms.

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