What is ketotifen ophthalmic?

Ketotifen is an antihistamine that inhibits the body’s release of a chemical called histamine. Histamine can produce allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes.

Ketotifen ophthalmic is used to treat itching of the eyes caused by allergy to dust, pollen, animals, or other allergens.

Ketotifen ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ketotifen, or if you have an untreated eye infection. Ketotifen ophthalmic should not be used to treat eye irritation caused by wearing contact lenses.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether ketotifen passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not use this medication in a child younger than 3 years old without the advice of a doctor.

Avoid using other medications in your eyes during treatment with ketotifen ophthalmic unless your doctor has told you to.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of ketotifen ophthalmic is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.

Use the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using ketotifen ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • redness, drainage, eyelid swelling, or other signs of infection;
  • eye pain;
  • vision changes; or
  • severe itching of the eyes worse than before using the medication.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or eye irritation;
  • dryness of the eyes; or
  • increased sensitivity to light.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

There may be other drugs that can interact with ketotifen ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Other Names

Alaway, Zaditor, ketotifen ophthalmic, Eye Itch Relief, and Refresh Eye Itch Relief

Available Strengths & Dosages


Route Form Strength
ophthalmic solution 0.025%

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