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27 September 2013

Antazoline

Antazoline is an antihistamine. Antihistamines are used to block the action of histamines in the body and to prevent the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

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Antazoline is not available on its own, but is one of the active ingredients of Antistin-Privin drops (Nappi code: 703931-008), Gemini drops (Nappi code: 728608-006), Oculerge eye drops (Nappi code: 827150-008) & Spersallerg drops (Nappi code: 765856-018).

General information

Antazoline is an antihistamine. Antihistamines are used to block the action of histamines in the body and to prevent the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

In South Africa antazoline is registered for the symptomatic relief of allergic conjunctivitis.

It should be noted that because this drug may cause blurred vision, driving and any hazardous tasks should be avoided until you know how this medication affects you.

How does antazoline work?

Antazoline works by preventing the actions of histamine (a substance produced by the body as part of its defense mechanisms), thereby reducing redness, itching and irritation.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: schedule 2

Available as: antazoline is available as eye drops.

What does it do? Antazoline relieves allergic eye conditions.

Dependence risk: low

Is Antazoline available on prescription only? no

User information

Duration of action: up to 8 hours

Stopping this medicine: treatment with this medication can be safely stopped when no longer needed.

Prolonged use: this medication is not intended for long-term use.

Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: this medication is not intended for use in children under the age of 2 years.

Possible side effects

 

 

Side effects Frequency   Consult your doctor  
  Common Rare Only if severe In all cases
stinging x   x  
burning x   x  
blurred vision x   x  

 

Interactions

Drug interactions

None known

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention.

Recommended dosage

Instill in the affected eye 3-4 times daily.

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This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only.

               Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 

 

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