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The product code for this leaflet is: PL15142/0036
0.5 mg/ml Eye Drops, Solution
Azelastine hydrochloride 0.05% (0.5 mg/ml)
1. What Optilast is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Optilast
3. How to use Optilast
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Optilast
6. Further information.
Optilast contains azelastine which belongs to a group of medicines called antihistamines. Antihistamines work by preventing the effects of substances such as histamine that the body produces as part of an allergic reaction. Azelastine has been shown to reduce inflammation of the eye.
Optilast can be used to treat and prevent eye disorders which you get with hayfever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis) in adults and children age 4 years and above.
Optilast can be used for eye disorders caused by an allergy to substances such as house dust mites or animal hair (perennial allergic conjunctivitis) in adults and children age 12 years and above.
Optilast is not suitable for treating eye infections.
If this applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist
Optilast contains the preservative benzalkonium chloride which is known to discolour soft contact lenses. Avoid contact with soft contact lenses. Remove contact lenses prior to application and wait at least 15 minutes before reinsertion.
Benzalkonium chloride may cause an allergic reaction (eye irritation).
Optilast is not known to be affected by other medicines.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Optilast.
Your sight may become blurred for a short time after you use Optilast. If this happens, wait until your sight clears before you drive or use machinery.
Always use Optilast exactly as your doctor has told you.
If you anticipate contact with pollen, the usual dose of Optilast may be taken as a preventive measure before going outside.
If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may increase your dose to one drop in each eye, up to four times a day.
If possible, you should use Optilast regularly until your symptoms have disappeared.
If you interrupt the use of Optilast your symptoms are likely to return.
To help you put in your eye drops correctly, you may find it useful to sit in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing for the first few times.
1. Wash your hands.
2. Gently wipe around your eyes with a tissues to remove any moisture (Diagram 1).
3. Unscrew the top of the bottle and check that the dropper is clean.
4. Gently pull your lower eye lid down (Diagram 2).
5. Carefully place the drop inside the middle of your lower eyelid (Diagram 3). Take care not to let the dropper touch your eye.
6. Release your lower eye lid and gently press on the inner corner of your eye against the bridge of your nose (Diagram 4). Keeping your finger pressed against your nose, slowly blink your eyes a few times to spread the drop across the surface of your eye.
7. Blot away any excess medicine with a tissue.
8. Repeat this for your other eye.
If you put too much Optilast into your eyes you are unlikely to have any problems. If you are worried, contact your doctor. If you accidentally swallow Optilast, contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty department as soon as possible.
Use your eye drops as soon as you remember, then take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
If you have any further questions about the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines Optilast can cause side effects. Not everybody gets them and they are not usually serious.
These effects include:
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions. Do not use Optilast after the expiry date given on the bottle label and the outer carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Once opened: Do not use Optilast if the bottle has been open for longer than 4 weeks.
Unused medicine should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Return any medicine you no longer need to your pharmacist.
The active substance is azelastine hydrochloride 0.05% (0.5 mg/ml). Each drop contains 0.015 mg azelastine hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride (E210), disodium edetate, hypromellose, liquid sorbitol (crystallising) (E420i), sodium hydroxide (E524) and water for injections.
Optilast is a clear, colourless solution. Optilast comes in a plastic bottle with a dropper attachment. One bottle contains either 6, 8 or 10 ml of eye drops. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
This leaflet was last revised in June 2012
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names:
Germany: Allergodil Augentropfen
Austria, Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands: Allergodil
Finland, Sweden: Lastin
United Kingdom, Ireland: Optilast