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Epinastine is used in the treatment of allergic disorders.

How it works

Epinastine belongs to a class of medications called antihistamines. It inhibits the biological action of histamine, a naturally released substance that triggers the symptoms of allergies, and thus provides relief from redness, itching, swelling of the membrane covering the eyes.

Common side effects

Burning sensation in eye, Eye irritation, Cough, Hair follicle inflammation, Headache, Running nose, Skin redness, Eye itching


Expert advice

  • Avoid wearing contact lenses while using epinastine.
  • Remove your contact lenses before instilling epinastine eye drops and re-insert them 10 min after instillation of eye drops to avoid discoloration of lenses.
  • Leave an interval of at least 10 min if you have to use another eye drop, after instilling epinastine eyes drops.
  • Consult your doctor before you stop using epinastine as it controls the itching of allergic conjunctivitis only if used regularly.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Epinastine eye drops are not meant to be injected or ingested orally.
  • Epinastine eye drops should be used cautiously in children under 12 years of age.

Frequently asked questions


Q.What is epinastine HCL/ What is it used for?
Epinastine is an antihistamine used to relieve symptoms of such as watery eyes and itchy, red, swollen eyes or eyelids due to allergic conjunctivitis (irritation and redness in the membrane covering the eye).

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)