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Alcaftadine - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Alcaftadine: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Alcaftadine?

Alcaftadine belongs to the group of medications called antihistamines. It is a medication prescribed to treat itchy eyes due to an allergic pink eye or conjunctivitis. It relieves symptoms of eye allergies such as swelling, itching, burning and redness caused by an allergic reaction. Ideally, this medication should not be used to treat eye irritation caused by your contact lenses. Consult your doctor for further instructions and directions.

What are the uses of Alcaftadine?

Alcaftadine, popularly known as Lastacaft, relieves symptoms of eye allergies caused by pollen, dander, ragweed and grass. Alcaftadine belongs to a category of medications called antihistamines. When the immune system perceives a harmless substance as harmful, it releases the chemical substance histamine. These medications work by blocking histamine, a substance that causes inflammation, burning sensation, watery eyes, irritation and redness in your eyes.

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What are the side effects of Alcaftadine?

Some people may experience side effects after using Alcaftadine. You may experience symptoms such as eye redness, eye pain, itchiness, runny nose, headache, dizziness, difficulty breathing, stinging, rash, swelling in your face, cough, diarrhoea, chills, fever, nausea, sore throat, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, shivering, weakness, joint pain and muscle aches after taking Alcaftadine. Consult our medical expert immediately for the proper treatment.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Alcaftadine

1. Is Alcaftadine an over-the-counter medication?

Alcaftadine was previously available as a prescription-only drug but is now available as an over the counter medication. Ensure that you follow the instructions given on the package label or consult a doctor to know the appropriate dosage before using Alcaftadine.

2. What is Alcaftadine good for?

Alcaftadine is an antihistamine used for treating itching, burning sensations, watery eyes and irritation caused by eye allergies. When the immune system perceives a harmless substance as harmful, it releases the chemical substance histamine. Alcaftadine works by blocking histamine, a substance that plays a crucial role in causing inflammation and allergic reactions. 

3. Is Alcaftadine eye drop a steroid?

No, Alcaftadine is not a steroid. It is an antihistamine that provides relief from the itching associated with conjunctivitis. Steroids are chemically synthesised medications that act like hormones and can be used for similar conditions such as inflammation or allergies. 

4. Is Alcaftadine eye drop a steroid?

No, Alcaftadine is not a steroid. It is an antihistamine that provides relief from the itching associated with conjunctivitis. Steroids are chemically synthesised medications that act like hormones and can be used for similar conditions such as inflammation or allergies.

5. Does Alcaftadine treat itchy eyes?

Yes, Alcaftadine is used to treat itchy eyes caused by an allergic reaction. Do not use this medicine to treat itchy caused by using contact lenses. In such a case, contact your doctor for further instructions before using the medication.

6. Is Alcaftadine an antihistamine?

Yes, Alcaftadine is safe for the eyes. It should be stored appropriately for safe usage. Children below the age of 2 years should avoid these eye drops. Consult a doctor immediately if you experience side effects such as trouble breathing, dizziness, nausea or fever.

7. Does Alcaftadine treat allergies?

Yes, Alcaftadine is used to treat the itching and burning sensation that develops due to eye allergies. Histamine can produce allergy symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes. Alcaftadine is an antihistamine that acts on histamine and reduces allergy symptoms.

8. How do you use these eye drops?

Wash your hands thoroughly and do not touch the tip of the tube to avoid contamination. Ideally, instil eye drops at the same time every day. Use Alcaftadine according to the recommended dosage on the package or the doctor’s instructions.

9. Is Alcaftadine safe during pregnancy?

Due to the lack of adequate studies on pregnant women, the risk to the developing foetus due to this medicine is unknown. You should consult your doctor before taking Alcaftadine. Inform your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Alcaftadine.

10. Does Alcaftadine cause a headache?

Yes, Alcaftadine can cause a headache. Using a high dosage of Alcaftadine for extended periods can result in certain side effects such as headache, dizziness or nausea. If you experience any side effects, please consult our expert and get a medical opinion immediately.

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