Generic Name: emedastine ophthalmic (EM e DAS teen off THAL mik)Brand Names: Emadine
Emedastine is an anti-allergic medication. It inhibits processes in the body that cause allergic symptoms after exposure to an allergen.Emedastine ophthalmic is used to treat ocular (eye) symptoms of allergic conditions, such as itching.
Emedastine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about emedastine ophthalmic?Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye. Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with emedastine ophthalmic if your eyes are red. If you wear soft contact lenses, and your eyes are not red, wait at least 10 minutes after using emedastine ophthalmic before inserting contact lenses.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using emedastine ophthalmic?Do not use emedastine ophthalmic if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in the eye, unless you are also using an anti-infective medicine. Emedastine ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use emedastine ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether emedastine passes into breast milk. Do not use emedastine ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Emedastine ophthalmic is not approved for use by children younger than 3 years of age.
Use emedastine eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
Tilt the head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid. Position the dropper above the eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close the eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down the tear duct. Repeat the process in the other eye if directed.
Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it.Store emedastine ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to be life-threatening. If an overdose is suspected or if the drops have been ingested, contact an emergency room or poison control center for advice.
Do not use other eye medications during treatment with emedastine ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor.
Serious side effects are not expected to occur with the use of emedastine ophthalmic.
Commonly, some eye burning, irritation, itching, dryness, other eye discomfort, or blurred vision may occur. Headache and a bad taste in the mouth have also been reported.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Usual Adult Dose for Allergic Conjunctivitis:
1 drop in the affected eye(s) up to four times daily.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Allergic Conjunctivitis:
3 to 18 years: 1 drop in the affected eye(s) up to four times daily.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with emedastine ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.