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Otrivine-Antistin eye drops

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Otrivine-Antistin eye drops relieve red and itchy eyes caused by allergies. This is known as allergic conjunctivitis ; it can occur seasonally or perennially. Hay fever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis) is an allergic reaction to pollen at a specific time of the year (typically between late March and September). Perennial allergic conjunctivitis can occur at any time of the year. It is usually an allergic reaction to house dust or animal hair.

The active ingredients in Otrivine-Antistin eye drops are xylometazoline, a decongestant and antazoline, an antihistamine. You can buy Otrivine-Antistin eye drops from your pharmacy without a prescription. They are suitable for adults and children aged twelve and above.

How do I use the medication?

The recommended dose for adults is one or two drops into each eye two or three times a day. The recommended dose for children twelve and above is one drop into each eye two or three times a day. 

You should speak with your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve after using the medication for two days. In this case, Otrivine-Antistin eye drops are unlikely to be the right medication for you.

You should not use Otrivine-Antistin eye drops for longer than seven consecutive days unless your doctor has advised otherwise. 

How does it work?

Xylometazoline constricts blood vessels in your eyes, reducing redness. Antazoline relieves itchy eyes by blocking the actions of histamine, a chemical released during a mild allergic reaction.

Who should not use the medication?

You should not use Otrivine-Antistin eye drops if you: wear contact lenses, have narrow-angle glaucoma, or take a type of antidepressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. As always, do not use the medication if you are allergic to any ingredients. Otrivine-Antistin eye drops are not appropriate for children under twelve.

You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist before using Otrivine-Antistin eye drops if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have any of the following conditions: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, difficulty passing urine (urinary retention), an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), dry eyes, or an adrenal tumour (phaeochromocytoma).

Are there any side effects?

As with all medications, some people may experience side effects. Potential side effects from Otrivine-Antistin eye drops include blurred vision, stinging in the eyes, nosebleeds, headaches, drowsiness, and enlarged pupils. You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any side effects become bothersome.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023