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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.
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.
The active ingredient in Bepreve is bepotastine.
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.
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.
The most common adverse reactions to this drug can include:
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.
Bepreve [package insert]. Irvine, CA: ISTA Pharmaceuticals; Aug 2009.