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Pataday® Frequently Asked Questions


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



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

    Extra Strength Pataday 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.

    Relief Extra Strength Pataday 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.

    Extra Strength Pataday is the first and only nonprescription eye allergy itch relief drop proven to provide 24 hours of relief.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

    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.

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