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Optivar Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Azelastine is an anti-allergic medication. It inhibits the processes in the body that may be cause allergic symptoms after exposure to an allergen. It works by blocking certain natural substances that are responsible for allergic symptoms. You should not use this medication to treat redness and irritation due to wearing contact lenses.

Optivar Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is one drop instilled into each affected eye twice a day.
  • Fot children younger than 3 years of age, then usual dose must be determined by your doctor.

Uses of Optivar

  • Azelastine ophthalmic is used to treat ocular symptoms of allergic conditions, such as itching.
  • Azelastine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Optivar

Before taken Optivar medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Optivar. Side effects may include:

  • Bitter taste
  • Headache
  • Temporary eye burning or stinging

Warnings and precautions before taking Optivar:

  • Remember that, Optivar should not be used to treat eye irritation that may be caused by your lenses.
  • Use caution engaging in activities requiring clear vision such as driving or using machinery because your vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this drug. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Optivar with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Optivar with other drugs. You should not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first. Before using this medication, you should tell your doctor about all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you are using.


An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. But after using optivar if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.

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