Optolin Eye Drop

Storage
Store below 30°C
Preservative
Benzalkonium chloride

Introduction

Optolin Eye Drop is a medicine used to treat nasal congestion (blocked nose) caused by the common cold or flu, hay fever, and other allergies. It narrows blood vessels in your nose to relieve nasal congestion and blockage.

Optolin Eye Drop should be used as you have been advised by your doctor. It provides only temporary relief but do not use it more often or for longer than recommended. Normally you should blow your nose gently before using it, keep one nostril closed while applying the medicine into the other and then sniff hard to make sure it reaches deep into the nose. Then repeat for the other nostril. It provides relief very quickly and can last for several hours. If you use this medicine too often or for too long, it may worsen your symptoms rather than improve them.

The most common side effects are irritation or discomfort to the nose and sneezing. These are usually mild but if they bother you or do not go away, your doctor may be able to suggest ways of preventing or reducing them.

It is generally a safe medicine but, before taking it, talk to your doctor about any health problems you have such as heart problems or high blood pressure (hypertension) or overactive thyroid gland or glaucoma or prostate enlargement. Let your doctor know about any other medicines you are taking to make sure you are safe. Ask your doctor for advice before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Uses of Optolin Eye Drop

  • Nasal congestion (blocked nose)

Side effects of Optolin Eye Drop

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Optolin

  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • Sneezing

How to use Optolin Eye Drop

This medicine is for external use only. Use it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Hold the dropper close to the eye without touching it. Gently squeeze the dropper and place the medicine inside the lower eyelid. Wipe off the extra liquid.

How Optolin Eye Drop works

Optolin Eye Drop is a decongestant. It works by narrowing the small blood vessels which provides temporary relief from inflammation (redness and swelling) and discomfort.

Safety advice

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Optolin Eye Drop may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Optolin Eye Drop is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
To reduce the amount of Optolin Eye Drop that reaches the breastmilk, remove the excess solution with an absorbent tissue.
Driving
SAFE
Optolin Eye Drop does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

All substitutes

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No substitutes found for this medicine

Quick tips

  • It works right away and each dose provides relief for up to 12 hours. 
  • The right way to use the nasal spray:
    • Shake the bottle before using the medicine. 
    • Clean your nose thoroughly before using the medicine.
    • Insert the bottle tip into one nostril and close the other nostril. 
    • Direct the spray towards the sides of your nostril, away from the cartilage dividing the two sides of your nose.
    • Breathe out gently through your mouth and repeat the same process for the other nostril.
  • Avoid deep breathing as it will cause medication to go back to the throat and make it less effective.
  • Do not share the bottle with anyone else so that you do not spread germs.
  • Optolin Eye Drop can make nasal congestion worse if used for more than 3 or 4 days in a row (called rebound congestion).

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Imidazole Derivative
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
OPHTHAL
Action Class
Sympthatomimmetics- alpha 1 (Nasal)

Interaction with drugs

Taking Optolin with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Alovir, Acvirax, Oveer
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Herpinil-F, Famtag, Virax FC
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Furon, Furachlor, Fulo
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Ganpyar
LIFE-THREATENING

Patient concerns

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Nasal congestion, cough, vomiting, ear blocked and pain
Dr. Gopal Bansilal Samdani
Paediatrics
There are many underlying causes of your symptoms. Different cause needs different treatment. Specific treatment cannot be given unless we establish exact underlying cause. Final and perfect diagnosis cannot be done without doing clinical examination of child. Please consult me or any other Paediatrician. will take detail history and will examine your child in detail. At time may ask you relevant investigations if necessary. All information will be used to determine exact underlying cause of problem. Depending upon cause will prescribe you treatment.
Nose blocked unable to breathe. Used nasal clear still blocked
Dr. Vijay Verma
ENT
Can be due to deviated septum Visit ent specialist
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FAQs

Q. Is Optolin Eye Drop addictive?

Treatment with Optolin Eye Drop does not cause mental addiction. However, patients may get physically addicted such that they may feel an urge to use Optolin Eye Drop. Hence, it should only be used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Q. Is Optolin Eye Drop a steroid/ antihistamine?

No, Optolin Eye Drop is not a steroid or an antihistamine. It belongs to a class of medications called adrenergic medicines that are used as nasal decongestants (to relieve congestion of the nose).

Q. Is Optolin Eye Drop safe?

Optolin Eye Drop is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. Does Optolin Eye Drop cause cataract/keep you awake/ raise blood pressure/insomnia/drowsiness?

There are no such reports which suggest occurrence of side effects such as cataract, insomnia (inability to sleep) or drowsiness during treatment with Optolin Eye Drop. However, Optolin Eye Drop can raise blood pressure when taken with medicines that are used to treat depression, like selegiline and moclobemide. It can also decrease the effect of medicines used to treat blood pressure. Hence, patients should consult doctors regarding the possible side effects and drug interactions.

Q. Can I take Optolin Eye Drop with Benadryl (diphenhydramine)/ phenylephrine/ pseudoephedrine?

Optolin Eye Drop should not be taken simultaneously with Benadryl (diphenhydramine)/phenylephrine/pseudoephedrine. Consult your doctor before using any other medicine with Optolin Eye Drop.

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Manufacturer/Marketer address

Chethana Pharmaceuticals, Ambalakat Road, Perintalmanna, Malappuram(District), Kerala-679322, India
Country of origin: India

MRP
34
Inclusive of all taxes
5 ml in 1 bottle
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