Ketotifen belongs to the group of drugs called antihistamines. Zaditor eye drops are used for the treatment the symptoms of a disease called allergic conjunctivitis (an allergic response affecting the eyes). The symptoms of this drug include itching, eye reddening and eye swelling.
Zaditor acts by blocking histamine, a substance released by the organism during an allergic response. It also acts by preventing the release of natural substances from the body cells engaged in an allergic reaction. Zaditor eye drops start to act within several minutes after the intake.
This drug may be also used for the treatment of the other diseases not indicated in this article. As well, some forms of this drug may not be suitable for all of the diseases described here. Consult your doctor before starting the treatment with this drug. Never stop taking Zaditor without your doctor’s approval.
Avoid sharing this drug with the other people, even if they suffer from the same disease. Don’t use this drug without prescription.
Avoid using this drug if you have allergy to ketotifen or any components of the drug.
Many drugs may cause adverse effects (an undesirable reaction to the drug when it’s taken in common doses). Adverse effects can be minor or serious, transient or permanent.
The adverse effects indicated below are not experienced by every patient takes this drug. If you’re worrying about adverse effects, ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of this drug.
The following adverse effects have been reported by about 1% of patients taking this drug. Many of them can be treated, and some may go away with time.
Inform your physician if you experience these adverse effects and they persist or get worse. Your doctor may recommend you how to manage the adverse effects.
dryness in the eyes
Even though most of the above-mentioned adverse effects occur only rarely, they can cause serious problems if left untreated.
Inform your doctor at once if you note any of the following adverse effects:
Some patient may experience some other adverse effects. Inform your physician if you note any symptom that bothers you during the treatment with this drug.
Before you start taking this drug, tell your doctor about any health conditions or allergies you have, any drugs you’re using, whether you’re pregnant or lactating, etc. These factors may impact the way you should use the drug.
Contact lenses: If you’re wearing soft contact lenses, eliminate them before introducing the drops, and wait about ten minutes before putting your lenses back in. If your eyes get red, take out your lenses and contact your eye doctor.
Pregnancy: This drug must not be taken during pregnancy unless the benefits surpass the risks. If you get pregnant during the treatment, inform your doctor at once.
Lactating: It is unknown whether Zaditor can get into the breast milk. If you’re lactating and are using this drug, it may harm your child. Ask your physician whether you should stop the breastfeeding.
Kids: The safety and efficiency of this drug have not been established for kids under the age of 3.