Information about Epinastine

Epinastine Uses

Epinastine is used in the treatment of allergic eye disease.

How Epinastine works

Epinastine is an antihistaminic medication. It treats allergy symptoms such as itching, swelling, and rashes by blocking the effects of a chemical messenger (histamine) in the body.

Common side effects of Epinastine

Burning sensation in eye, Itching, Ocular hyperemia
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Expert advice for Epinastine

  • Your doctor has prescribed Epinastine to treat inflammation (redness and swelling) due to allergies of the eye.
  • It treats short-term or sudden allergic reactions in the eye.
  • Apply pressure on the corner of the eye (close to the nose) for about 1 minute immediately after instilling the drop.
  • Wait for at least 5-10 minutes before delivering the next medication in the same eye to avoid dilution.
  • Stinging sensation may occur for 1-2 mins. Notify your doctor if it persists for longer.
  • Make sure to use within 4 weeks of opening the bottle.
  • Your doctor has prescribed Epinastine to help relieve allergy symptoms such as itching, swelling, and rashes.
  • As compared to other similar medications, it is much less likely to make you feel sleepy.
  • Be cautious while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as it can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication as it may cause increased sleepiness.
  • Stop taking Epinastine at least three days before taking an allergy test as it can affect the test results.

Frequently asked questions for Epinastine


Q. Is Epinastine effective?

Epinastine is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Epinastine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. Is Epinastine a steroid?

No, Epinastine is not a steroid. It is a medication which is used to treat allergic conditions. Most commonly it is used to treat allergic conjunctivitis/pink eye. Do not take this medication without consulting your doctor.

Q. Can Epinastine cause eye irritation?

Usually, Epinastine does not cause eye irritation. In fact, it helps in reducing the inflammation and irritation in the eye. However, in certain cases, patients may experience eye irritation, abnormal eye sensation and eye discomfort.

Q. Can a child take Epinastine?

Epinastine can be used in children above 3 years of age at the same dose as in adults. However, the safety with the use of Epinastine in children under 3 years of age have not been established. Therefore, the use of Epinastine should be avoided in children of such age group.

Q. Does Epinastine make you sleepy?

Usually, the use of Epinastine does not make you sleepy, but sometimes there are chances that it can cause sleepiness. It is important to know that taking other anti-allergic medications orally along with this medication can also make you sleepy. Therefore, avoid driving or operating on machinery if you are sleepy. Contact your doctor if the medicine makes you uneasy.

Q. How long can you use Epinastine?

The Epinastine should be instilled in the affected eye(s) with one drop twice daily. The duration of treatment with Epinastine will depend upon the disease condition, its severity, and the response of the patient to the treatment. The medicine can be given for as long as four months, if considered necessary. However, the exact duration is decided by your doctor.


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