Optivar (Azelastine) Medication


Optivar (Azelastine)

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Drug Description


Optivar is a prescription medicine indicated to treat ocular itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis. 

As an antihistamine, Optivar works by blocking histamine—a bodily substance that triggers allergic symptoms. 

Uses and Dosage 

Before using Optivar and with every prescription refill, carefully review its medication guide and information leaflet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any inquiries or concerns. 

Optivar is indicated for ocular administration only and should not be injected or taken orally. 

Typically, this eye drop is applied in the affected eye(s) twice daily, as prescribed by the doctor. 

Take off contact lenses (if wearing) before applying the eye drop and wait at least 10 minutes after application before putting them back on. 

To properly administer Optivar, follow these steps: 

  1. Thoroughly wash your hands using soap and water. 
  2. Inspect the dropper tip to ensure it is undamaged and free of cracks or chips. 
  3. Avoid touching the dropper tip, and do not let it touch your eyes or surfaces to prevent contamination. 
  4. Tilt your head back and use your index finger to gently pull down the lower eyelid, creating a small pocket. 
  5. Hold the dropper (tip facing downward) as close to the eye as possible. 
  6. Use the remaining fingers of your other hand to steady against your face. 
  7. While looking upward, gently squeeze the dropper to release a single drop into the pocket formed by the lower eyelid. Take your finger off the lower eyelid. 
  8. Close your eye and keep it shut for 2 to 3 minutes, tilting your head downward as if looking at the floor. Avoid blinking or squeezing your eyelids. 
  9. Apply gentle pressure with a finger on the tear duct area. 
  10. Use a tissue to wipe away any excess liquid from your face. 
  11. If multiple drops are required for the same eye, wait at least 5 minutes before administering the next drop. 
  12. Replace and securely tighten the cap on the dropper bottle. Avoid wiping or rinsing the dropper tip. 
  13. Wash your hands to remove any medication residue. 

Use Optivar exactly as directed, around the same time(s) daily, to achieve the best results.  

Do not exceed the prescribed dose or duration of this medication, as it will not expedite recovery and may heighten the likelihood of adverse effects. 

Side Effects 

Listed below are the potential adverse effects of Optivar. If any of them persist or worsen, promptly inform your doctor. 

Common Side Effects 

  • Temporary blurred vision 
  • Headache 
  • Bitter taste in the mouth 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Intense burning, stinging, itching, or redness of the eyes following medication use 
  • Eye pain 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Fever, chills, sore throat, or flu-like symptoms 

Stop using Optivar and tell your doctor promptly if any of the severe side effects are experienced. 

Allergic Reactions 

Although rare, a severe allergic reaction to Optivar may occur. Get immediate medical assistance if you observe any of the following symptoms: 

  • Hives 
  • Breathing difficulty 
  • Swelling (face, lips, tongue, or throat) 

Not all side effects of Optivar are included in this list. Inform your doctor promptly if any unlisted effects are observed. 


Before starting treatment with Optivar, inform your doctor of any known allergies, particularly to azelastine, other drugs, or any of the components of Optivar eye drops. 

Disclose to your physician your medical background to ensure Optivar is safe for you. 

Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are currently taking or planning to take to lower the risk of drug interaction with Optivar. 

Optivar should only be considered during pregnancy if the potential advantages surpass the potential hazards to the developing baby. Inform your doctor if you get pregnant while using this medication. 

The excretion of azelastine in human milk is uncertain. Seek advice from your physician prior to nursing when using this medication. 

Additional information

Generic name:



Eye Drops



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6ml, 8mL, 16mL, 18ml

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