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Bepreve (Bepotastine) Eye Drops

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Bepreve (Bepotastine) Eye Drops

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1.5%

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    Description

    Bepreve is a prescription eye drop that may be prescribed for the treatment of itching associated with allergic conjunctivitis (pink eye). Bepreve should be used as needed until you see the resolutions of symptoms.

    Allergic conjunctivitis can be caused by many different allergens and occurs when the immune system is overactivated. Bepreve contains a histamine receptor antagonist (antihistamine) that works by reducing inflammation and symptoms caused by the immune system. 

    Directions

    The usual dosage is one drop into the affected eye or eyes twice daily. 

    Do not use Bepreve for longer than prescribed by your healthcare provider.

    Store Bepreve at room temperature and do not use past the labeled expiration date.

    Bepreve is only for use in the eyes and should not be used in the ears, mouth, and other mucus membranes.

    Ingredients

    The active ingredient in Bepreve is bepotastine.

    Interactions

    There are no known significant drug-drug interactions with Bepreve.

    Bepreve should not be used at the same time as other eye medications. It should not be mixed with other eye medications.

    Cautions

    Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper to the surface of the eye, as this can cause contamination of the solution and lead to eye infection.

    If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying Bepreve. Wait at least 15 minutes for the medication to absorb into the eye before reapplying the contact lenses.

    Side Effects

    The most common adverse reactions to this drug can include:

    • Dysgeusia
    • Eye Irritation
    • Headache
    • Hypersensitivity
    • Nasopharyngitis
    • Pharyngeal edema
    • Pruritus
    • Skin rash
    • Swelling of lips
    • Swollen tongue

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any of the above side effects, as you might need to be switched to a different medication.

    References

    Bepreve [package insert]. Irvine, CA: ISTA Pharmaceuticals; Aug 2009.


    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 12819

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