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Bepreve (Bepotastine) belongs to the class of medications called antihistamines, specifically the class known as histamine receptor antagonists. These eye drops are used to relieve itching and inflammation of the eye, caused by Allergies.
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Bepreve (Bepotastine) belongs to the class of medications called antihistamines, specifically the class known as histamine receptor antagonists. These eye drops are used to relieve itching and inflammation of the eye, caused by Allergies. It works by blocking the release and action of histamine, one of the substances released in the body that cause allergy symptoms. Bepreve (Bepotastine) will start to work to relieve eye allergy symptoms within 10 to 15 minutes of being used.
Bepreve (Bepotastine) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Bepreve (Bepotastine) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Bepreve (Bepotastine) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Bepreve (Bepotastine) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking Bepreve (Bepotastine), speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking Bepreve (Bepotastine) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take Bepreve (Bepotastine) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The usual dose of this medication is 1 drop in each eye 2 times a day.
To use the eye drops:
Do not allow the dropper tip of the bottle to touch the eye or surrounding areas. This can contaminate the tip with common bacteria known to cause Eye Infections. Serious damage to the eye may result if you use eye drop solutions that have become contaminated.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take Bepreve (Bepotastine) exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Bepreve (Bepotastine) at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Bepreve (Bepotastine). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Bepreve (Bepotastine). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Bepreve (Bepotastine).
Each 1 mL of sterile, aqueous ophthalmic solution contains 15 mg of Bepreve (Bepotastine) besilate (equivalent to 10.7 mg Bepreve (Bepotastine)). Nonmedicinal ingredients: monobasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide to adjust pH, water for injection, USP, and benzalkonium chloride 0.0005% (as preservative).
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Bepreve (Bepotastine) or any ingredients of the medication.
Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Bepreve (Bepotastine).
Contact lenses: Bepreve (Bepotastine) eye drops contain the preservative benzalkonium chloride, which can build up in soft contact lenses and cause cornea irritation. Do not use Bepreve (Bepotastine) if you are wearing contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before instilling the drops and wait 10 minutes after using the drops before putting the lenses back in your eyes.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking Bepreve (Bepotastine), contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Bepreve (Bepotastine) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Bepreve (Bepotastine), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using Bepreve (Bepotastine) have not been established for children less than 3 years of age.
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