Generic name: Ketotifen fumarateBrand names: Zaditor
Zaditor combats the release of chemicals that trigger allergic reactions. Available in eyedrop form, it works within minutes to relieve the itchy eyes brought on by allergies.
Zaditor is for use in the eyes only. Do not inject or swallow Zaditor.
To prevent contamination, do not touch the eyelids, eye, or surrounding areas with the dropper tip of the bottle.
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Zaditor, you'll be unable to use it.
Do not wear contact lenses if your eyes are red or irritated, and do not use Zaditor to treat irritation from contact lenses. If you wear soft contact lenses, wait at least 10 minutes after applying Zaditor before inserting them.
The safety and effectiveness of Zaditor in children below the age of 3 years have not been established.
Since Zaditor is not ingested, interactions are unlikely.
The possibility that Zaditor could harm a developing baby has not been ruled out. Inform your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment with the drug.
Researchers do not know whether Zaditor can make its way into breast milk, but caution is advised if you're nursing.
The recommended dose is one drop in the affected eye(s) twice daily, every 8 to 12 hours.
Overdosage is highly unlikely since swallowing even a whole bottle of Zaditor would give you only a fraction of the amount considered toxic. Nevertheless, if you suspect an overdose check with your doctor immediately.