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Pataday Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Pataday® contains olopatadine, previously the #1 prescribed eye allergy itch relief ingredient. Here's what you need to know about Pataday.

 

Can I use Pataday with contact lenses?

Yes! Remove contact lenses before using Pataday, then wait at least 10 minutes before reinserting lenses.

What is the difference between Pataday® Once Daily Relief Extra Strength, Pataday® Once Daily Relief, and Pataday® Twice Daily Relief?

All three products feature olopatadine, previously the #1 prescribed eye allergy itch relief active ingredient, but at different concentrations.

Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength contains the highest concentration of olopatadine, 0.7%, and provides a full 24 hours of eye allergy itch relief in one drop.

Pataday Once Daily Relief contains 0.2% olopatadine and provides up to 16 hours of eye allergy itch relief in one drop.

Pataday Twice Daily Relief contains 0.1% olopatadine and provides up to 8 hours of eye allergy itch and redness relief in one drop.

What was Pataday called when it was a prescription product?

Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength was called Pazeo®.

Pataday Once Daily Relief was called Pataday®.

Pataday Twice Daily Relief was called Patanol®.

Is Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength the same original prescription strength formula as the prescription version of Pazeo®?

Yes, the formulation is the same. Only the names and packaging have changed.

Is Pataday Once Daily Relief the same original prescription strength formula as the prescription version of Pataday®?

Yes, the formulation is the same. Only the names and packaging have changed.

Is Pataday Twice Daily Relief the same original prescription strength formula as Patanol®?

Yes, the formulation is the same. Only the names and packaging have changed.

Do allergy sufferers need to see a doctor before using Pataday?

No, Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength, Pataday Once Daily Relief and Pataday Twice Daily Relief are available for purchase in-store and online without having to visit a healthcare professional.

If you have questions about the formulations, you can contact your eye care professional or call 1-800-757-9195.

How often can you use Pataday?

Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength and Pataday Once Daily Relief: Put 1 drop in the affected eye(s) once daily, no more than once per day.


Pataday Twice Daily Relief: Put 1 drop in the affected eye(s) every 6 to 8 hours, no more than twice per day.

How long does Pataday last?

Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength provides a full 24 hours of eye
allergy itch relief.

Pataday Once Daily Relief provides eye allergy itch relief up to 16 hours.

Pataday Twice Daily Relief provides eye allergy itch relief up to 8 hours.

How is Pataday different from other eye allergy drops?

Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength is the first and only 24-hour eye allergy itch relief drop available without a prescription. Pataday Once Daily Relief was the first eye allergy itch relief drop available without a prescription with once daily dosing.

How does Pataday work?

Pataday is an antihistamine that works two ways.  It goes to work on mast cells in the eye. (Mast cells house the histamines that make your eyes itch.) Pataday stabilizes the mast cells, preventing them from releasing histamines. 

Pataday also blocks histamines that have already been released from attaching to the histamine (H1) receptors in the eye, breaking the chain of allergic reaction. 

The result is decreased histamine release and less allergy symptoms. 

Can my child use Pataday?

Yes! Pataday is approved for children ages 2 and older.

What symptoms can Pataday relieve?

Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength provides a full 24 hours of relief for itchy eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.

Pataday Once Daily Relief provides relief for itchy eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.

Pataday Twice Daily Relief provides relief for itchy and red eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.

Can I use Pataday year-round?

Yes! All three Pataday products can be used for eye allergy itch relief year-round for both indoor and outdoor allergies. 

How is Pataday different than oral allergy medications?

Pataday is applied directly to the eye to provide eye allergy itch relief in minutes.  Oral medications work throughout the body to relieve allergy symptoms.

Are Pataday products safe to use with other eye products throughout the day?

If using other ophthalmic products while using Pataday, wait at least 5 minutes between each product.

Is Pataday safe for dogs?

Sorry, Pataday should not be used for dogs. Pups with eye allergies should be taken to the vet.

What is olopatadine?

Olopatadine is an antihistamine primarily used to provide eye allergy itch relief. It was previously the #1 doctor-prescribed eye allergy itch relief ingredient, as well as the active ingredient in all three Pataday products.

Is Pataday gluten-free?

Yes, it is! For a list of the ingredients, see the Pataday Products page.

What is the pH balance of Pataday?

The pH balance of all three Pataday products i s 7.2. For reference, the pH balance of human tears ranges from 7.3 to 7.7.

Still have questions?

Call our information center at 1-800-757-9195, speak with your eye care professional or ask a pharmacist.